The Patapsco: Baltimore's River of History

The Patapsco: Baltimore's River of History

by Paul J. Travers

Hardcover(2bd edition, revised and expanded)

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Long the main resource on this key American river, this book’s expanded second edition includes dozens of new photos and maps, updates, and six new chapters recording the twenty-first century’s most recent developments on the Patapsco River. Along with insightful narration of its impact on its watershed and on Baltimore in particular, the book contains the entire recorded history of the Patapsco River. It moves from the early Native American camps on its shores, through the late twentieth-century revitalization of its harbor, and to the environmental and economic changes the Patapsco has been a part of during these first decades of the twenty-first century. The Patapsco’s story contains some of the most important and fascinating events of Maryland’s past, and this book allows the reader to dip at will into the exciting and unexpected blend of people, places, and events that have had such great impact on the state of Maryland and the nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870336447
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 05/28/2016
Edition description: 2bd edition, revised and expanded
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,289,016
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Paul J. Travers was born near the Patapsco River in Baltimore, and holds degrees from the University of Maryland and Pepperdine University. His work as a park ranger with the Maryland Park Service fostered his interest in the river's history.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xii

1 A Diverse Natural Resource 3

2 Children of the Sun: The Piscataway and Susquehannock Indians 16

3 A Port and Its Forts 26

4 Crossroads of the American Revolution: Elkridge 48

5 The River Valley Comes of Age: Ellicott's Mills 57

6 Mills along the Patapsco: Avalon, Orange Grove, Ilchester, Gray's Mill, Oella, Granite, and Daniels 71

7 River Communities: Relay, Woodstock, Granite, Sykesville, and Mount Airy 92

8 First Threads in the Magic Carpet of Steel: The B&O Railroad 110

9 Blue and Gray Clouds over the Water: The Civil War 122

10 Hell and High Water: The Floods of 1868 and 1972 133

11 Harnessing the Force and Fury: River Dams 145

12 A New Deal for the Nation's Human and Natural Resources: The CCC and the COs 150

13 Preserving the Legacy: Prescription for the Future 157

14 A Tired and Troubled Tributary 164

15 All That Glitters - The Gold Rush 182

16 A "Green" Port Report 197

17 Guardians of the Patapsco 205

18 The Reign of King Steel 211

19 Patapsco 21 220

Bibliography 239

Index 249

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