Well, it was like a day in Dublin for sure. There was a light rain, the Irish tricolor flag was flapping in the breeze, the Irish Railroad Workers Museum was all spruced-up on Lemmon Street (near Pratt Street) in Baltimore, and “Judge” Tom Ward was center stage.
The latter was the tour guide for the morning’s excursion, on Saturday. No one knows this area of town, in the heart of Southwest Baltimore, better than Judge Ward.
He’s now retired from the Circuit Court of Baltimore City. The Judge also knows the immigrant history of the Irish in Baltimore, especially their long relationship with the historic Baltimore & Ohio R/R. He’s a founding member of the Irish Railroad Workers Museum and his late father worked for the railroad. The tour began at 10:30 a.m., appropriately enough at the B&O R/R Museum. It’s located at the fabled Mt. Clare Station, only a block away at 901 West Pratt Street. It ended around noon at the Hollins Street Market. To learn more about the Irish Railroad Workers Museum click here.
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Bill Hughes is an attorney, author, actor and photographer. His latest book is “Byline Baltimore.” It can be found at: https://www.amazon.com/William-Hughes/e/B00N7MGPXO/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1