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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.

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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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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 Gateways Network.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1846.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Denton MD 21629, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Choptank River Heritage Center (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); 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 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Neck Meeting House Native Garden (approx. 0.3 miles away); Great Wars of World Conflict (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 446 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 6, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.

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