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Hubs of Activity

Terminals, Wharves and Landings on the Choptank

 
 
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By F. Robby, September 20, 2010
1. Hubs of Activity Marker
Inscription. Sailboats and steamboats unloaded and loaded passengers and freight all along the Choptank. As trade increased in the 1800s, people built wharves and landings every few miles on the river.

A wharf bustled with activity when a boat arrived. Children raced to the dock to watch the action. Stevedores moved freight. Passengers disembarked or boarded. Farmers brought their products to the dock for loading. Locals exchanged news with travelers.

The steamboat terminal at West Denton, owned by the Maryland Steamboat Company, was one of the largest on the Choptank River. A shirt factory, ferilizer warehouses, canneries and rolling mills clustered close to the terminal.

Competition for the prosperous freight trade was fierce. In the end, the railroads won out. The railroads bought out the steamboat companies, sold the boats and brought the steamboat era to an end.

[text with image bottom left] dockworkers load and unload a steamboat, circa 1916.

[text with image middle top] Potter's Landing on the Choptank River, circa 1880. The larger wharves had sheds for storing freight.

[text with image middle bottom] Farmers on a wharf waiting to ship tomatoes to markets such as Baltimore. Steamboats gave farmers ready access to markets where they could get higher prices for their products.
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By F. Robby, September 20, 2010
2. Hubs of Activity Marker
Along the Choptank River.

 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
 
Location. 38° 53.291′ N, 75° 50.378′ W. Marker is in Denton, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is on River Landing Road 0.4 miles north of New Bridge Road (Maryland Route 328), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is along the water, near the end of the boardwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Denton MD 21629, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Steamboats on the Choptank River (a few steps from this marker); Nest of Traitors (a few steps from this marker); Choptank River Heritage Center-Steal Away by River (within shouting distance of this marker); Maryland Steamboat Company's Joppa Wharf at Denton (within shouting distance of this marker); Moses and the Hounds (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Neck Meeting House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tuckahoe Neck Meeting House-Living Their Beliefs (approx. 0.3 miles away); Neck Meeting House Native Garden (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Denton.
 
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Maryland Steamboat Company image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, September 20, 2010
3. Maryland Steamboat Company
Marker is near the restored wharf.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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