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Baltimore and the surrounding area sure has changed a lot in its centuries-long history. But many traditions and landmarks from decades ago are still around today, give or take a few variations.More

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  • 'No place to run': Loch Raven Reservoir's forgotten UFO, 60 years later

    'No place to run': Loch Raven Reservoir's forgotten UFO, 60 years later

    Around midnight on Oct. 26, 1958, Alvin Cohen and Phillip Small were taking a drive by Loch Raven Reservoir in Towson when they said a great, iridescent, egg-shaped object appeared above a bridge. The young men inched closer and the car stopped dead — no headlights, no engine, no ignition, as if...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia: How did Baltimore beer Colt 45 get its name?

    Retro Baltimore Trivia: How did Baltimore beer Colt 45 get its name?

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Here’s last week’s trivia: QUESTION: How did Baltimore beer Colt 45 get its name? ANSWER: It’s named not after the handgun, but rather after...

  • When Sears came to Baltimore

    When Sears came to Baltimore

    In 1937, neighbors protested the construction of a new Sears, Roebuck & Co. store on Harford Road and North Avenue, fearing it would bring traffic jams and lower property values to what was then a residential stretch of Northeast Baltimore. The store opened over residents’ objections the following...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia: What popular former Oriole shares a name with a famous 19th-century explorer?

    Retro Baltimore Trivia: What popular former Oriole shares a name with a famous 19th-century explorer?

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Here’s last week’s trivia: QUESTION: What popular former Oriole player shares a name with a famous 19th-century explorer? ANSWER: Boog Powell,...

  • In 1986, every vote really counted in this Anne Arundel County election

    In 1986, every vote really counted in this Anne Arundel County election

    First he was winning by 153 votes. Then he was winning by three votes. Then he was losing by 1 vote. And when it was all over… The election of 1986 proved quite the roller-coaster ride for Anne Arundel County’s Donald E. Lamb, a candidate for the House of Delegates from District 30, which included...

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  • New book documents the lesser-traveled Baltimore streetcar lines

    New book documents the lesser-traveled Baltimore streetcar lines

    Bernard J. Sachs, a longtime member of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, in his recently published book, “Baltimore’s Picturesque Jerkwaters: Historic Neighborhoods, Notorious Beer Gardens, Serene Lakeside Pavilions, Beachsides by the Bay, Mills in the Valley & To Every Corner of the Metropolis,”...

  • When World War I and the Spanish flu turned Fort McHenry into one of the country's largest hospitals

    When World War I and the Spanish flu turned Fort McHenry into one of the country's largest hospitals

    One hundred years ago at Fort McHenry, commemorating the rockets’ red glare of the War of 1812 was probably the furthest thing from people’s minds. That’s because the fort, which had so valiantly defended Baltimore when the British were assaulting its shores, was in the midst of another battle...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Here’s last week’s trivia: QUESTION: Who was the Orioles winning pitcher the night they clinched the American League East title in 2014? ANSWER:...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia: What member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band grew up in Montgomery County?

    Retro Baltimore Trivia: What member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band grew up in Montgomery County?

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “answer” field and hit “submit.” Or comment on Instagram: @retrobaltimore. If you’d like to be recognized for a correct...

  • How a 1933 hurricane shaped Ocean City

    How a 1933 hurricane shaped Ocean City

    For years, citizens of Ocean City had lobbied the federal government to build an inlet connecting the brackish waters of the Sinepuxent Bay with the Atlantic. It would be a boon for the sleepy surfside town, they argued, allowing a safe port for fishing as well as a distribution point for crabs,...

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