Ocean City in Worcester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Baltimore, Chesapeake, and Atlantic Railway entered the town at South Division Street and unloaded its passengers at the old depot on Baltimore Avenue at Somerset Street. In 1903, the depot was moved a block west to Philadelphia Avenue and enlarged. The current day Downtown Transit Bus Station located on this site is a replica of that train depot. In fact, the bricks marking this location are the actual bricks used at the original station on Philadelphia Avenue.
Railroad excursions were popular in the early 1900s and reached their peak in the WWI era when hundreds of passengers from as far away as Baltimore would make a "day-trip" to the beach. Passengers would leave Baltimore by steamship in the early morning and sail down the Chesapeake Bay to the village of Clairbourne in Talbot County. They would then transfer to the train and spend over three hot and smoky
It is likely that most of these visitors would have never seen Ocean City had it not been for the railroad. Many came back with their families in future years to spend a week or more at the town's hotels and boarding houses. The role of the railroad in the growth of Ocean City should never be overlooked or underestimated.
The railroad era ended abruptly on August 23, 1933 when a hurricane destroyed the railroad bridge, the fishing camps, and the tracks leading to the camps. Neither the bridge nor the tracks were ever repaired. The Baltimore, Chesapeake, and Atlantic Railway filed for bankruptcy shortly thereafter.
Railroad excursions were an important source of visitors for Ocean City right from the start. In the town's early days, Thursday was the big excursion day, when thousands of people from across the DelMarVa peninsula would flock to Ocean City for their time at the beach. Western shore residents typically arrived on Sunday for their "day trip."
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Disasters • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is August 23, 1933.
Location. 38° 19.639′ N, 75° 5.311′ W. Marker is in Ocean City, Maryland, in Worcester County. Marker is at the intersection of South Baltimore Avenue and South Division Street, on the left when traveling north on South Baltimore Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 705 South Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City MD 21842, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Henry Hotel (a few steps from this marker); Ocean City (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boardwalk Construction 2000 (about 500 feet away); Beach to Bay Indian Trail (about 500 feet away); Treasures From The Past (about 600 feet away); British Manufactured Cannon (about 700 feet away); "The White Marlin Capital of the World" (about 700 feet away); Anchor from the Sailboat Wreck (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ocean City.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 193 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 15, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. 2. submitted on August 10, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3. submitted on January 15, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. 4. submitted on August 10, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.