Gomuppets From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2003, 57 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1837 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.
Worldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1775 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.
Worldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1762 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.
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.
Worldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1582 times:
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.