5 Maryland First to Be Proud of
Maryland isn't just rich with history -- we're a state full of historic firsts, too! Want to know more about some of the things that started right here in the Old Line State? Read on here!
Railroads made the country what it is today, but the very first one was started here! The B&O railroad first went from Baltimore to Ellicott City, and later stretched out of state. The oldest signer of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll, broke ground for the project!
First ouija board
People have used 'talking boards' to communicate with the dead for many years, but the ouija board that we know today was invented here in Maryland and later patented, too. You can visit the inventor's grave in Green Mount Cemetary -- it looks like a ouija board!
First six pack
You won't be surprised to learn that the first six-pack of beer sold in the USA was from the most iconic Baltimore brand -- Natty Boh! The company that's been associated with Baltimore for decades picked the perfect number for a beer pack, and other companies followed suit.
First manned hot air balloon flight
The first American flight of a hot air balloon with a passenger took place here in Baltimore back in the 1700s. A local tavern keeper named Peter Carnes promised a crowd a show in 1784, but he was too heavy for his own creation to fly. Luckily, a teenage boy offered to ride the balloon instead, and history was made.
First gas lights
Paying your BGE bill isn't very exciting, but this company is actually historic in its own way. Baltimore Gas and Electric was the country's very first gas company, and Baltimore was the first US city to have gas streetlights. The company was founded 206 years ago, lighting the way for other major cities.
Want more information on how Maryland made history? This Baltimore Magazine piece does an incredible breakdown of all of the amazing ways our state has contributed to the country and the world.
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