Street scene (showing Lauraville Volunteer Fire Company firehouse)
August Siefert Photograph Collection
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
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The Hamilton/Lauraville neighborhood of Baltimore was mostly farmland throughout most of the 19th century. Lauraville’s population was recorded at 500 in 1882 and about 42% of the population were farmers. Lauraville began to suburbanize by 1900, which climbed exponentially after World War I.
Holcomb, E. (2005). The City as Suburb: A History of Northeast Baltimore since 1660. University of Virginia Press.