Canton Marks History


On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, Councilman Zeke Cohen and the Canton Community Association invited the community to celebrate Baltimore’s rich history as we unveiled the David Stodder Lane commemorative street sign and dedicate two new historical markers. Join us at 10:00 a.m. at Circle Park located at the corner of Lakewood Ave. and O’Donnell St., adjacent to St. Casimir Church, for light refreshments and remarks by Dr. Raymond Bahr, M.D. of the Canton History Project.

Master Shipwright David Stodder is being honored as the builder of the frigate Constellation. Across the street from this sign, we are unveiling a new historic marker detailing the past significance of Harris Creek and commemorating the historic launch of the Constellation in 1797.

Also being celebrated is a second new historic sign marking the Railroad Transfer Bridge, located at the edge of the Canton Waterfront Park. This marker explains the iconic structure and its historic use by the Pennsylvania Railroad to transfer freight cars from ferries between Locust Point and Canton.

Councilman Cohen and the Canton Community Association thank the generous sponsors and other participants for making the historic markers a reality.

Dr. Raymond Bahr
Railroad Transfer Bridge marker: Sponsor Howard Bank
Harris Creek Historic marker: Safeway and Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT)
Baltimore City Rec and Parks
Baltimore Department of Public Works


The Canton History Project continues with three new markers currently underway. Each marker costs $5,000. To sponsor this project, donations can be made through the CCA to the Interpretive Marker Fund. To donate, make checks payable to Canton Historical Society and mail to: CCA, PO Box #5125, Baltimore, MD 21224. For more details on the markers, visit or For further information on David Stodder or other Canton history, contact Dr. Raymond Bahr at .