Franklintown's Historic Roots

Franklintown's Historic Roots (HM3R4)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21229
Country: United States of America

N 39° 18.215', W 76° 42.752'

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The Gwynns Falls Trail begins near Franklintown at the abrupt end of Interstate 70 and passes by two of the community's landmarks, a mill and an inn. The gristmill operated on Dead Run from 1761 to 1934. Franklintown Inn accommodated patrons of a racetrack established by William H. Freeman, an 1800s entrepreneur who also was involved in building Franklin Turnpike and planning a Victorian cottage suburb called Franklin Towne. Though it became a part of Baltimore City in 1918, Franklintown never lost its rural roots and sense of place. Residents helped stop the East-West Expressway (1-70) from running through their community and Leakin Park in the 1960s-70s.

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Franklintown gristmill - now a private home - in 1934.

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The milldam on Dead Run (below), a tributary of the Gwynns Falls, in 1901.
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HM NumberHM3R4
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Gwynns Falls Trail series
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Placed ByGwynns Falls Trail Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 2:31pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 352340 N 4351864
Decimal Degrees39.30358333, -76.71253333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 18.215', W 76° 42.752'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 18' 12.90" N, 76° 42' 45.12" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1729-1799 Gwynns Falls Trail, Baltimore MD 21229, US
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