Yale Heights (Baltimore)

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Yale Heights
neighborhood statistical area
Yale Heights is located in Baltimore
Yale Heights
Yale Heights
Coordinates: 39°16′32″N 76°41′27″W / 39.275637°N 76.690965°W / 39.275637; -76.690965Coordinates: 39°16′32″N 76°41′27″W / 39.275637°N 76.690965°W / 39.275637; -76.690965
Country United States
State Maryland
City Baltimore
 • Total .266 sq mi (0.69 km2)
 • Land .266 sq mi (0.69 km2)
Population (2008)
 • Total 2,916
 • Density 11,000/sq mi (4,200/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 21229
Area code 410, 443, and 667

Yale Heights is a neighborhood in the Southwest District of Baltimore, located between Beechfield (west) and Irvington (east).[2] Most of its homes were built in 1955 as a development of two-bedroom, brick townhouses.[3] Its population in 2008 was estimated at 2,916.[1]

The community's boundary with the Beechfield neighborhood runs along South Beechfield Avenue from South College Road (south) to Frederick Avenue (north). Its boundary with Irvington follows Maiden Choice Run from Frederick Avenue (north) to Loudon Park Cemetery (south).[3][4]

Maiden Choice Run [edit]

Maiden Choice Run, a small tributary to Gwynns Falls, flows along the boundary between Yale Heights and Loudon Park as well as the Irvington boundary. In 2008, the stream was selected for a $1.4 million urban stream restoration project as part of efforts to improve the water quality of Chesapeake Bay tributaries.[5]

Continuing efforts to improve water quality of the Gwynns Falls watershed resulted in a $1.6 million restoration project for Maiden Choice Run in December 2009. This project involved planting 140 trees and thousands of native plants along 2,700 feet of the stream near Beechfield Elementary School. A storm drain in this section of the stream was removed to stabilize the natural flow of water.[6]

Catonsville Short Line Railroad[edit]

Partially concealed rail of the former Catonsville Short Line Railroad, at the shoulder of Beechfield Avenue in Baltimore

Although the train made no stops in Yale Heights, the Catonsville Short Line Railroad passed through the southern end of the neighborhood before crossing Beechfield Avenue. The 3.5 mile, single-track line of the Catonsville Short Line Rail Road Company began operating on November 10, 1884. It provided passenger and freight service from Baltimore & Potomac Railroad at St. Agnes station (near St. Agnes Hospital to Mellor Avenue in Catonsville.[7][8][9]

Passenger service on the Catonsville Short Line became unprofitable when the electric trolley began service along Frederick Road in 1897 and was discontinued by the railroad in 1898. Hudson Realty Company purchased the rail line in 1945, changing the name to Caton & Loudon Railway. From this point, the rail line's freight business steadily declined as the highway system was developed throughout the area. The last carload traveled along the line in April 1972. It was officially abandoned by Penn Central on July 28, 1973.[8]

A plan in the 1970s to develop the former Catonsville Short Line into a hiking trail never got past the concept stage; the route's right-of-way was forgotten and allowed to grow wild.[8] The portion of the rail line passing through Yale Heights, between the point where it exits Loudon Park to the Beechfield Avenue crossing, became overgrown with a thicket of trees. The crossing was paved over, but portions of the rails remain visible on each side, protruding slightly through the soil and grass.[7] A portion of the proposed hiking trail, running between the Charlestown community in Catonsville and Spring Grove State Hospital, was eventually implemented as the Short Line Railroad Trail, but this did not include any of the railroad right-of-way in Yale Heights.

The wooded area between Loudon Park Cemetery and the houses along Yale Avenue is known unofficially as the "Catonsville Short Line park". The southern portion of the "park" is part of the former railroad right-of-way; the northern portion of the wooded area grows along the banks of the Maiden Choice Run.[7]

Public transportation[edit]

Route 10 (MTA Maryland) passes through Yale Heights as it travels between Dundalk and Catonsville. The bus serves stops along Yale Avenue from Frederick Avenue in Irvington to Cedar Garden Road in Yale Heights. From Cedar Garden Road, the bus turns North onto Beechfield Avenue, as it returns to Frederick Avenue from its loop through Yale Heights.[10]

Quickbus Route 46 stops at Yale Avenue and Eldona Avenue in Yale Heights as it travels between the Paradise Avenue Loop and the Cedonia Loop. It provides service only on weekdays, from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.[11]

The UMBC shuttle bus makes three stops in Yale Heights.[12]


  1. ^ a b c Yale Heights neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland detailed profile. City-Data.com. Retrieved 2010-05-25
  2. ^ see List of Baltimore neighborhoods
  3. ^ a b Yale Heights. Live Baltimore. Retrieved 2010-05-25
  4. ^ Southwest District Maps. Baltimore City Neighborhoods Portal, Baltimore City Planning Department. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
  5. ^ Ground Broken on Maiden Choice Run Project. Storm Water Solutions (December 4, 2008). Retrieved 2010-06-01.
  6. ^ Walaika Haskins (December 8, 2009). "City dedicates Maiden Choice Run restoration project". bmore. Issue Media Group. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  7. ^ a b c "The Catonsville Branch". Abandoned Trails. Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c "Catonsville Short Line Railroad Trail" (PDF). Catonsville Rails-to-Trails, Inc. 2001. pp. 6–8. Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Short Line Trail". Heritage Trails. Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Route 10 Local Bus Schedule" (PDF). MTA Maryland. February 6, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Route 46 Quickbus Schedule" (PDF). MTA Maryland. August 30, 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ Arbutus/Irvington Line. UMBC Transit (a department of the UMBC Division of Student Affairs). Retrieved 2010-06-01

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