Sign Light, Sign Bright…

By Ashley Elsberry

The giant Domino Sugars sign in the Inner Harbor is pretty cool – for about half a minute.

The Domino Sugars sign in the Inner Harbor. Source: Susan Smith

The Domino Sugars sign in the Inner Harbor. Source: Susan Smith

The bright red glow in the distance, seen from my apartment window, is the Domino Sugars sign in the Inner Harbor. It’s about four miles away, so the letters aren’t distinct, but the red glow couldn’t be anything else.

There’s a lot of history around the sign and the sugar plant itself, as David Gutman of Capital News Service explains. There’s also a sense of wonder around the glowing behemoth. Candy Thomson of The Baltimore Sun goes into detail on this, giving the whole thing a romantic, lost-in-time feel. Tons of people feel the same way – there are even photo contests  involving the sign.

So there’s no denying that there is an attachment there, between the sign, the company, and Baltimore’s citizens.

But for the average visitor, it’s just something to look at for about 30 seconds, maybe snap a couple pictures, then move on. Unless you’re a sign/ industrial history enthusiast, or have some familial connection with the sugar company, the hype isn’t really worth it.

“Oh, it’s shiny…Now what?”

Now we leave, and go spend our time at some of Baltimore’s more enticing attractions.

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One comment

  1. This is definitely one of those things that anyone who has seen The Wire wants to do but really isn’t that much of an attraction to locals.

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