Francis Scott Key Bridge, 1977, 1200 feet(370 meters) collapses

Patapsco River, connecting the city of Baltimore with Anne Arundel County and the town of Sparrows Point, Maryland

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Baltimore is the largest city in the state of Maryland, United States. It’s located in the central part of the state and serves as an important cultural and economic hub in the Mid-Atlantic region. Here are some key aspects about Baltimore


Baltimore has a rich history dating back to the early 17th century when it was established as a port town. It played a significant role in the American Revolution and the War of 1812. The latter conflict, during which the city withstood a British attack, inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that later became the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States.

Francis Scott Key Bridge

The bridge is named after Francis Scott Key, the author of the poem “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which later became the lyrics to the United States national anthem. Key was a prominent lawyer and amateur poet who witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British forces during the War of 1812, inspiring him to write the poem.


The Key Bridge is a steel through-arch bridge, characterized by its distinctive arched design. The main span of the bridge measures approximately 1,200 feet (370 meters), making it one of the longest continuous arch bridges in the United States. The bridge’s design allows for clearance of ships passing beneath it on the Patapsco River.

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