The Francis Scott Key Bridge, 1977

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

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.

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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