Baltimore: A City of Firsts

July 11, 2019

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Baltimore City was a first among cities in America in a lot of areas. Check out this fascinating list of Baltimore firsts compiled from

The first umbrella factory in America was established in Baltimore in 1828.

The first post office system in the United States was inaugurated in Baltimore in 1774.

The first railroad station in Baltimore was built in 1830.

The first dental school in the world was founded in Baltimore in 1840.

The first telegraph line in the world was established between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore in 1844.

Snowballs were invented in Baltimore during the American Industrial Revolution

Baltimore was the first city to implement 311 service as a non-emergency hotline.

Baltimore was the first United States city to illuminate its streets using hydrogen gas in 1816.

The first civic monument dedicated to President George Washington, Baltimore's Washington Monument, is located in Mount Vernon.

The first successful manned balloon launch in the United States launched from Baltimore and was operated by 13-year-old Edward Warren in 1784.

The first professional sports organization in the United States, The Maryland Jockey Club, was formed in Baltimore in 1743.

America's first Catholic cathedral, the Baltimore Basilica of Assumption, is located in Baltimore.

The first bloodshed of the Civil War, a clash between pro-South civilians and Union troops in Baltimore, happened in 1861.

The first black-owned shipyard in the United States is now an African American heritage site, the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is the first and only United States airport to have a dedicated trail for hiking and biking.