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John Mifflin Hood Statue in Preston Gardens

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Saratoga Street and St. Paul Street in Preston Gardens (Street View)

GPS: 39° 17′ 32.95″ N 76° 36′ 49.24″ W


Depicts John Mifflin Hood, the Maryland businessman who was an early president of the Western Maryland Railroad. Under Hood’s guidance the railroad was able to regain market share, becoming very profitable. Baltimore City owned considerable stock in the company, resulting in massive profit. After the Great Fire of 1904 the city used six million dollars of railroad earnings to pay for reconstruction. In appreciation, a monument was erected, one block from the origin of the fire, in Mifflin Hood’s honor. It was later moved to it’s current location in Preston Gardens. Dedicated May 11, 1911. Artist: Richard E. Brooks.


Hood’s monument is tucked away in a park known as Preston Gardens which lies in between St. Paul Street’s north and south-bound lanes. The monument is flanked on either side by a fountain and winding staircases connect the upper and lower sections of St. Paul. Curving sidewalks flow throughout this surprisingly placid location.



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February 20th, 2009 at 9:05 am