NAME: Wagner's Point
COUNTY: Baltimore City
CLIMATE: Mid-Atlantic: some snow in winter; hot, hazy and humid in summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime but you won't leave your car
COMMENTS: This was an isolated rowhouse community near the Brooklyn-Curtis Bay area of Baltimore City. It lies at the end of a peninsula jutting out into the outer Baltimore harbor, Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay, near the old Harbor Tunnel (I-895). Beginning in the 1990s, Baltimore City began condeming the residential properties turning it into a ghost town by 2000. Most of the small residential streets and rowhouses were condemned and are gone. The area that made up the community is largely abandonned, surrounded by chemical plants, oil tanks and other heavy industry. Cancer among the residents led to a government forced evacuation. "An early unusual landmark to dot this area was Fort Carroll, constructed in the Patapsco River off Hawkins Point in 1848 under the supervision of the young Colonel Robert E. Lee of the Army Corps of Engineers." "A History Of Brooklyn-Curtis Bay", published in 1976 by The Brooklyn-Curtis Bay Historical Committee.
REMAINS: The residential area has been mostly leveled. It is surrounded by heavy industry.

Until the late 1800s, this was a rural part of northern Anne Arundel County. As the area industrialized, a working class community moved into rows of townhouses (Baltimoreans call these rowhouses) and the area was annexed by Baltimore City along with neighboring Brooklyn and Curtis Bay in 1919. By the 1960s and 1970s it had become apparent that residents were suffering long term illnesses, such as cancer, with greater frequency than the general population. Community activists sought to have the government condemn the properties and move the residents away. Of course, there were some who wanted to stay. However, by 2000, the community of about 300 residents had been largely removed. The houses and related residential service buildings have been demolished over the past five years. It is now envisioned as a brownfields development site. For more information see: http://www.sierraclub.org/environmental_justice/stories/maryland.asp http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=4927 http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1525/is_5_84/ai_62896175 http://www.bcpl.net/~jgreenst/bcb_hist/comphist.html

Submitted by: Alan Engel