Origin: As a municipality within Baltimore County, Baltimore City was incorporated in 1796 by legislation that took effect in 1797 (Chapter 68, Acts of 1796; Chapter 54, Acts of 1797). The City name was derived from the Proprietary's Irish Barony. As a governmental unit, the City separated from Baltimore County in 1851, and has been considered on a par with county jurisdictions since the adoption of the Maryland Constitution of 1851 (Constitution of 1851, Article I, secs. 1-3; Article II, sec. 5; Article III, secs. 2-4, 40, 42; Article IV, secs. 4, 8, 10-21, 27, 28; Article V, sec. 1; Article VII, secs. 2, 10; Article X, sec. 9; Code 1957, Art. 1, sec. 14).
Boundaries: Bounded north, east, & west by Baltimore County; south by Patapsco River & Anne Arundel County.
Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland, November 2009. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
U.S.S. Torsk (Historic Ships in Baltimore), Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland, June 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.
Cherry trees in blossom, Springlake Way, Homeland, Baltimore, Maryland, April 2000. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.
City Hall dome, 100 North Holliday St., Baltimore, Maryland, May 2015. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Fire Dept.: www.baltimorecity.gov/government/agenciesdepartments/fire.aspx
Health Dept.: www.baltimorehealth.org/
Housing & Community Development Dept.: www.baltimorehousing.org
Information Technology: www.baltimorecity.gov/officeofthemayor/mayoraloffices/informationtechnology.aspx
Job Service: www.dllr.state.md.us/county/bacity/
Law Dept.: www.baltimorecity.gov/government/agenciesdepartments/law.aspx
Planning Dept.: www.baltimorecity.gov/government/agenciesdepartments/planning.aspx
Police Dept.: www.baltimorepolice.org
Public Works Dept.: www.baltimorecity.gov/government/agenciesdepartments/publicworks.aspx
Recreation & Parks Dept.: www.baltimorecity.gov/government/agenciesdepartments/recreationandparks.aspx
Register of Wills: http://registers.maryland.gov/main/baltimorecity.html
Social Services Dept.: www.dhr.state.md.us/blog/?p=195
State's Attorney: www.stattorney.org
Transportation Dept.: www.baltimorecity.gov/government/agenciesdepartments/transportation.aspx
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