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Denton in Caroline County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Steamboats on the Choptank River

Connecting Denton to the World

 
 
Steamboats on the Choptank River Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, September 20, 2010
1. Steamboats on the Choptank River Marker
Inscription. Steamboats carrying passengers and freight brought prosperity to Denton and Caroline County during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Caroline County's economy was based on agriculture. Farmers had to market their products. Steamboats quickly and efficiently carried fresh and canned vegetables and fruit to the Chesapeake Bay and on to markets in Baltimore and elsewhere.

Farmers prospered. Canneries, granaries, a flourmill, fertilizer warehouses, a shirt factory, stores and a blacksmith shop flourished along the river in West Denton. Businessmen built banks and shops in Denton.

The steamboat era began in 1846 when the Maryland steamed upriver. It ended when the City of Denton docked here for the last time in the 1920s.

[text with background image] Early sternwheeler on the Choptank River.

[text with middle image] The Avalon, one of the largest steamboats, tied up at the Maryland Steamboat Terminal in West Denton.

[text with top right image] The steamboat Joppa, an elegant workhorse of the Choptank, heads downriver from the West Denton wharves.

[text with bottom right image] Sacks of bone meal for fertilizer and cans of oysters shipped from West Denton to other markets.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay
Maryland Steamboat Company image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, September 20, 2010
2. Maryland Steamboat Company
In this picture, the marker is hidden by the bush next to the restored wharf that now houses a small museum.
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Location. 38° 53.298′ N, 75° 50.377′ 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 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. Choptank River Heritage Center-Steal Away by River (a few steps from this marker); Maryland Steamboat Company's Joppa Wharf at Denton (a few steps from this marker); Hubs of Activity (a few steps from this marker); Nest of Traitors (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.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 325 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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