Economically, geographically and culturally, Baltimore is an amalgam. One of early America's busiest seaports, it was also home to the country's first important railroad terminal and was a leading manufacturing center, renowned for shipbuilding as well as airplane production.
Baltimore's air of acceptance inspired waves of Polish, German, Irish, Italian, Greek and other immigrants. The various enclaves these newcomers established made Baltimore a collection of diverse neighborhoods.
Any tour of Baltimore should start with the Inner Harbor. For years the area was at the heart of Baltimore's port facilities. As the city's shipping business declined in the post-war years,...
Interesting Facts About Baltimore:
- One interesting fact about Baltimore is that it has the 1st African American Wax Museum.
- Fun fact: Baltimore's nickname is Charm City.
- Random fact: Edgar Allen Poe once lived in Baltimore. The very first monument in his honor was erected in Baltimore.
- The American National Anthem was written in Baltimore by Francis Scott Key during his imprisonment.
- Oscar award-winning actress and comedian Monique is from Baltimore.
- Thurgood Marshall, the 1st African American Supreme Court Justice was born in Baltimore.
- Actors Jada Pinkett Smith, Edward Norton, and Tupac Shakur all attended the Baltimore School for the Arts.
- Interesting fact: Baltimore is the birthplace of Babe Ruth.
- James Brown once owned the number one radio station in town. Kwesi Mfume worked for him there while attended Baltimore Community College.
- Several popular t.v. series were filmed and based in Baltimore including: Homicide, The Wire, and The Corner.
- Jazz great Billie Holiday was born in Baltimore. A monument of this female jazz singer stands on the corner of Lafayette and Pennsylvania avenues.
- America's first Catholic Cathedral is located in Baltimore.
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Things to Do
Lively street artists perform against the backdrop of the glass pyramid-topped National Aquarium in the Inner Harbor. Tear yourself away to explore the city's cultural centre of Mount Vernon, and check out painted window screens at the American Visionary Art Museum. The cobbled streets of eclectic Fell's Point invite leisurely strolls. Revisit your childhood at Geppi's Entertainment Museum, which takes you on a trip down...
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