Lansdowne is a census-designated place in southern Baltimore County, Maryland, just south of Baltimore city. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 8,409, at the 2000 census and earlier, the area was delineated as part of the Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands CDP. In the late 1800s, the Whitaker Iron Company mined for ore in Lansdowne, abandoned pits from the mining were filled up by underground springs creating small ponds and lakes. Lansdowne was mostly farmland, including the Kessler farm, MacLeod farm, when the railroad came, Lansdowne became known as a B&O town. Most people worked for the B&O, commuting by train into Baltimore City, the first station was named Coursey Station. The Coursey Station senior housing center takes its name from this, the two main roads were Hammonds Ferry Road and Hollins Ferry Road, both of which led to the Patapsco River where you could take a ferry across to the other side. Early churches included the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, St. Clements Catholic Church, Lansdowne United Methodist Church, Lansdowne Christian Church, the Hull Memorial Christian Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. The site of the wooden school house was on the property that is now St. Clements. In the 1950s housing developments sprang up in the Riverview area, the Lansdowne Elementary School, Lansdowne Middle School and Lansdowne Senior High were known as the Golden Education Triangle. In the early 1960s the B&O closed the crossing and Lansdowne Boulevard was constructed, connecting Lansdowne to Washington Boulevard. A tunnel was constructed under the tracks for pedestrian crossing. However, the railroad crossing effectively divided the community into two separate parts, some old railroad cars were erected as a museum and shopping area alongside Hammonds Ferry Road and the railroad tracks. In the 1980s Baltimore County Recreation and Parks opened a parcel of land for public use. Southwest Area Park is located on the Patapsco River, just below Baltimore Highlands, a small library was built by Baltimore County in 1966, on Third Avenue. In 1993, the Lansdowne Library was closed due to budget cutbacks, the building is now used as the Police Athletic League Center. In 1989 the Lansdowne/Baltimore Highlands Senior Center was built directly behind the Library building, the library reopened on April 8,2006 with much support from the Lansdowne Improvement Association. The Lansdowne Improvement Association has been instrumental in much community support, pride, with a grant from Baltimore Community Foundation they were able to have a gateway sign installed welcoming visitors to the community of Lansdowne as well as Baltimore Highlands and Riverview. On November 5,2007, Lansdowne Station opened, which is a business and it features a Walmart Supercenter, Petco, Office Depot, small retail shops, sandwich and pizza restaurants as well as an office complex
View south along Maryland State Route 648 (Annapolis Road) entering Lansdowne.
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