HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM, Inc.
4 Center Place, Dundalk, MD 21222 410.284.2331
You can’t mention Dun-Logan to a Dundalk native - at least the older ones - who won’t associate the community with vibrant pieces of history that made the area a powerful component in this region’s complex of the military and heavy industry.
Once just a rural peninsula near the Patapsco River, decades of development linked innovations on land, sea and air and made this area invaluable to the mid-Atlantic region. As Bethlehem Steel grew in Sparrows Point, the U.S. Army opened Camp Holabird a few miles north at the city line, where it employed both civilian and military workers. Logan Airfield and the new Dundalk Marine Terminal each added to the area’s romance as well as the
burgeoning job pool of the years just before and during WWII.
For over 20 years, Logan Field was Baltimore’s Aviation Center, attracting luminaries such as Charles Lindbergh, Howard Hughes, Amelia Earhart and Wrong-Way Corrigan to its landing strip. By 1941 some air activities were moved to nearby Harbor Field, but the U.S. Army still leased the property, building hundreds of wooden barracks and conducting sometimes
secret military operations.
By the late 1940s plans were developed for Logan Field to transform into what Bethlehem Steel originally had intended – a residential community. With permanent housing came public transportation in the form of the famous Red Rocket streetcar line connecting residents to the post-war automotive plants built near the city line.
While the romance of Lindy, vintage street cars and military operations has faded over time, the skyline of the Dundalk Marine Terminal still speaks of the accomplishments of the area, Dun-Logan has kept tradition alive while growing with the times and providing great home (and family) values to residents.
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