07/29/08 277 W - + 11 - 12 Baltimore on the Brain


It started at Steadman. Guy in a tropical shirt walks into a fire station and asks about old buildings. Dusk explorations, assisted by GPS, found a few. How many more were there? Consulted the Internet. Very helpful entity. Found a web page on the subject. Merged that information into my list. Then found this Watch Desk thread. Merged more information into my list. 'Twas midnight. Time for bed. Said goodnight to moon, while cursing self for starting project on last night in city.

More Google in morning. Refined list. Posted as new Watch Desk thread. Drove downtown for Fire Expo flea market. Sought and found and photographed a few more houses. The Unheralded Heroes of Baltimore's Big Blazes, by William A. Murray, curator of the Baltimore Fire Museum. Published in the 1970s, sold by his grandsons at the flea market. One is a Baltimore Jake. We talked old houses. Left market, destination Charlottesville. Left in direction of Washington Boulevard, to find another house or two, but missed exit. Oh well.

People responded to Watch Desk thread. More information came. One "J Smith" posted a superb list of stations still standing in the city. Merged that information into my lists on Monday morning, before leaving Charlottesville. Destination Raleigh. Baltimore still on the brain. Home around 4, and at computer by 5:30. Converted list into web page. Posted link on Watch Desk thread. And 90 minutes later, pulled away from the computer. Guess that's enough for now, for this year.1

1 Well, almost enough. Found list of active stations later. Merged with web page. Checked tax records for building dates. Elminated newer stations. Revised web page. Done?







  
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