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Baltimore Friendship Vs BWI

Tue Mar 23, 2004 1:20 pm

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.

RE: Baltimore Friendship Vs BWI

Tue Mar 23, 2004 2:20 pm

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.


RE: Baltimore Friendship Vs BWI

Tue Mar 23, 2004 2:28 pm

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

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RE: Baltimore Friendship Vs BWI

Wed Mar 24, 2004 12:14 pm

Thanks for that research Worldperks! That makes a lot of sense. Especially the West Friendship part.
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RE: Baltimore Friendship Vs BWI

Wed Mar 24, 2004 12:39 pm

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.

RE: Baltimore Friendship Vs BWI

Wed Mar 24, 2004 3:44 pm


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

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RE: Baltimore Friendship Vs BWI

Thu Mar 25, 2004 2:51 am

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.

RE: Baltimore Friendship Vs BWI

Thu Mar 25, 2004 11:43 am


I'll pass your kindly regards on to Otto.


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