The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is North Baltimore and Its Neighbors by local author Thomas W. Boltz. With more than 200 vintage images, many from private collections, North Baltimore and Its Neighbors helps ensure that this history will not be forgotten.
North Baltimore and its neighboring communities have seen dramatic changes since being settled in the 1830s. Pioneers labored to establish small farms and villages in the midst of what was then the Black Swamp, gradually achieving modest but precarious success. Then, in the 1880s, oil was discovered.
The area flourished, attracting speculators, turning farmers into millionaires and transforming quiet villages into rough-and-tumble boomtowns. However, by 1915, the oil field was depleted, and North Baltimore and its neighbors returned to their existence as quiet towns. Since then, many of the beautiful old buildings have disappeared, obscuring evidence of the area’s dynamic history.
Boltz hopes the book will “will stimulate both current and former Wood County residents to learn more about the area’s rich and colorful history and preserve their own photos and documents for future researchers.”
Highlights of North Baltimore and Its Neighbors:
• The book describes the history of North Baltimore and other southwestern Wood County villages from their earliest history through the first half of the 20th Century.
• This publication provides many images that have not been previously published, made available from private family collections and from new acquisitions of the Wood County Historical Society and Museum and the North Baltimore Area Historical Society.
• The book details community activities, farming, and family life from the 1800s through 1960.
• Major events that affected the communities are depicted, including North Baltimore’s destructive fire of 1891, Cygnet’s devastating nitroglycerine explosion of 1897 and a huge tornado that struck southern Wood County in 1953.
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