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Baltimore’s National Treasure
The TODAY Show's Al Roker hid a prize at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower in Baltimore on Thursday morning as part of his four-part scavenger hunt. (The Daily Record/Josh Cooper)

Baltimore’s National Treasure

We Baltimoreans have always known Charm City was a diamond in the rough, but this morning, the rest of the country found our hidden treasure.

For that, we have @AlRoker to thank.

The TV personality from NBC’s The @TODAYshow chose Baltimore as one of four cities where he would launch a special scavenger hunt. In each city, Roker hid an envelope in a special location and released a clue as to its whereabouts.

He arrived in the Inner Harbor Thursday morning and announced this hint: “It used to be the biggest thing in Baltimore. Don’t get upset. Don’t worry, Bro, you’ll figure it out. You’ll be close. Now hurry up, it’s kind of an emergency, and despite the rain, you still may need to hose off.”

Stumped? Several scavengers immediately knew the answer: The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, which at one point was the largest building in the city. The base of the tower — which was built in 1911 and is located at 21 S. Eutaw Street — is a fire station, which explains the references to “emergency” and “hose” in the clue.

Two teams of two people arrived on the scene at the same time, and Roker declared the contest a tie.

Chris and Tyler Sturtevant, a father and son from Atlanta, spied the orange TODAY envelope just as Federal Hill residents Will Runnebaum and Bill Mangham also spotted it.

Both twosomes will receive a trip for two to New York City and VIP tickets to a show in the Toyota Concert Series on TODAY.

The TODAY Show’s scavenger hunts (#TODAYTreasure) were modeled after the social media scavenger hunt @HiddenCash — which is exactly what it sounds like.

Some anonymous benefactor has been hiding envelopes of cash in various locations on the West Coast (not fair!) and tweeting out clues to their locations.

Roker said the crowd that gathered in Baltimore this morning to hear the clue was larger than the crowds in Dallas and Atlanta earlier in the week. #BMoreTreasure

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