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How Baltimore Rebuilt After The Great Fire of 1904

Church of the Messiah burning at Fayette and Gay Streets
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  One-hundred ten years ago this Friday, Baltimore could be seen as a glow in the night sky for miles around the city. It wasn’t the city lights that generated the glow but a wind-stoked fire that ravaged much of the city’s downtown. The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 is considered the third worst fire to hit an American city and it shaped downtown in ways still visible today.

With Sheilah Kast to talk about it is local historian Wayne Schaumburg. This weekend, he’s leading a tour of downtown Baltimore where the fire burned in 1904.

You can learn more about the tour at the Fire Museum of Maryland website.

Tom Hall took a tour of Greenmount Cemetery with Schaumburg in 2009. You can listen to that conversation here.

Web Extra: More of our interview with Wayne Schaumburg.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.