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World War I (1914-1918)
The first years of Aberdeen Proving Ground

Aberdeen Proving Ground, and the surrounding areas in Maryland, is once again in the news. Last week, in this column, we talked about Old Baltimore, and the fact that the first Baltimore on Bush was in our part of Harford County before the founding of the present Baltimore City on the Patapsco. This site is now part of the Aberdeen Proving Ground. We are reminded that there wasn't always an APG. But in just a few short years, APG will be celebrating its 100th anniversary! So, when and how did this important part of Harford County start? It all happened in 1917 when the Army purchased land for the Ordnance Proving Ground in Harford County, and for almost 100 years the economic...