Maryland September 02, 2017
Some People Don’t Know That Maryland Was The First To Do These 7 Things
Maryland is impressive in more ways than one. Today, we’re focusing on some of the state’s little known history. If you’re a fan of trivia, then you may want to keep these facts in your back pocket…
1. The first state to dedicate a monument to George Washington.
When people hear the words Washington Monument, they instantly imagine DC. However, the Washington Monument found in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood was actually constructed before that, in 1815.
There's also another Washington Monument in Maryland, located at Washington Monument State Park in Boonsboro.
2. Worker's Compensation began here.
Maryland was the first state to pass Worker's Compensation laws in 1902.
3. Maryland is home to the nation's first dental school.
Not many know that The University of Maryland was first to do this.
4. When it comes to city magazines, we're the pioneers.
Baltimore Magazine began in 1906 and is still going strong. An impressive feat, indeed.
5. The first African american supreme court justice.
The ever-inspiring Thurgood Marshall was a lifelong Marylander.
6. Home of the first national road.
In 1811, the Federal Government planned and began construction on The Historic National Road in Cumberland. You can still drive among several parts of it today.
7. The birthplace of the US railroad.
You can still ride the United States' first commercial mile of railroad at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. A historic day trip full of fun.
What other things was Maryland first to do? To continue this historic theme, take a look at some of Maryland’s oldest towns by