For more than 300 years, the Port of Baltimore has been the center of industry for the city and state. Linking with the first U.S. commercial railroad, the B&O, Baltimore became a major East Coast shipping and manufacturing center. Attracted by shipbuilding and manufacturing jobs, as well as the railroad, Locust Point became the third largest port of entry for European immigrants.
Steel Mills at Sparrows Point, 1937
Founded by the Pennsylvania Steel Company in 1889, and later bought by Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point was the world's largest steel mill by the mid-20th century.
Once home to tens of thousands of workers, Sparrows Point's massive “L" blast furnace was shut down for good in 2012.
The landmark 1951 sign—and its 650 neon tubes—atop the still-operating 92-year-old Domino Sugar plant make it the second-largest field of neon on the East Coast.
Founded in 1889 by 25-year-old Willoughby McCormick, McCormick & Company, now based in Sparks, is the world's largest spice maker.