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Baltimore Friendship Vs BWI  
User currently offlineGomuppets From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2003, 57 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 7 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2063 times:

So I've heard the story about how Baltimore Friendship International became Baltimore Washington International after the state bought the airport from the city. I am curious though, where the name Friendship came from. IMHO it was one of the best names for an airport. It is a shame it is gone. Still does anyone know how the city originally decided on that name? My best guess is that it has something to do with the city's nickname Charm City.

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User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

I'm a 'wetback' to Maryland, but I can only guess that it was the neighborhood place name for where the airport is located -- possibly because there is a "West Friendship" in neighboring Howard County. The present neighborhood place name for where BWI is located is Linthicum Heights. I guess we'd need a good gazetteer to know for sure.



User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1988 times:

I couldn't find a gazetteer, so I called our 83 year old retired city engineer who lives in the next building. He remembers a story that 'Friendship' was an estate owned back in the early nineteenth century by a Quaker merchant named Johns Hopkins and located on the Baltimore County / Anne Arundel County line. Coincidently, that's where BWI is located.  Big grin



User currently offlineGomuppets From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2003, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1898 times:

Thanks for that research Worldperks! That makes a lot of sense. Especially the West Friendship part.

User currently offlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6793 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1863 times:

From the BWI Airport Timeline:

1946: The master plan for a new airport in Maryland was completed. The Baltimore Aviation Commission selected a 3,200-acre site in the vicinity of Friendship Church, Anne Arundel County, ten miles south of Baltimore and 30 miles north of Washington, D.C.

1947: Construction on the new airport began and it was officially named Friendship International Airport.


User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1808 times:

ScottB,

That sounds like the state historian's handiwork. "Friendship" appears to have always been a popular place name in Maryland. And there appear to be similarly named unincorporated villages wherever there was a Quaker meeting house. For instance, I just pulled my MDOT: State Highway Administration road map off the shelf and found two different "Friendship" place names (in Anne Arundel County east of Chesapeake Beach and in Montgomery County north of Damascus), "Friendship Heights" (incorporated, south of Bethesda), and "West Friendship" (west of Ellicott City). Thus, Baltimore's airport could have been located anywhere in the state and still held the same place name marker.  Smile

[Edited 2004-03-24 07:52:58]

User currently offlineDstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1481 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1741 times:

Thanks for that research and our thanks to the 83 year old neighbour too.

It was an excellent name for an airport, however derived, and it also largely reflects the attitude I have experienced at BWI also.


User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1660 times:

Dstc47,

I'll pass your kindly regards on to Otto.

Worldperks


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