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Baltimore, Maryland: Ouija Board Named Here

When asked, the newly-invented Ouija Board named itself on this spot in 1890. Back then it was a hotel; now it's a 7-11. Historical plaque unveiled in 2015.

529 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD
Downtown, on the southeast corner of N. Charles and E. Centre Sts. Walk into the 7-11 and the plaque is inside, on the right.
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Ouija Board Named Here

According to Charles Kennard, the Ouija board received its name on April 25, 1890. He, Elijah Bond, and Helen Peters were in Bond's rooms of what was then the Langham Hotel, and asked the board what it wanted to be called. The building still stands, and you can visit the 7-11 on the first floor and see a plaque enshrining the spot and recounting the story of how the Ouija board got its name. In 2015 the Talking Board Historical Society worked with the city of Baltimore to celebrate Ouija's 125th anniversary by marking this unique piece of Baltimore city history with a historical plaque. Will you come visit? Ouija spells Y-E-S!

[Robert Murch, 10/16/2015]

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