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Ocean City in Worcester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ocean City

Maryland's Atlantic Ocean Resort

 
 
Ocean City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 30, 2013
1. Ocean City Marker
Inscription. Efforts to establish a resort on the barrier island began as early as 1839. In the late 1860s construction of the Wicomico and Pocomoke Railroad promised an increase in beach visitors, prompting investors to lay out streets and building lots on 267 acres patented as “The Ladys Resort to the Ocean.” The resort became known as Ocean City by 1875. When the first major oceanfront hotel was opened.
 
Erected by Maryland Historical Trust, Maryland State Highway Administration.
 
Location. 38° 19.621′ N, 75° 5.229′ W. Marker is in Ocean City, Maryland, in Worcester County. Marker is on Ocean City Boardwalk at S. Division Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ocean City MD 21842, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boardwalk Construction 2000 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Treasures From The Past (about 400 feet away); British Manufactured Cannon (about 600 feet away); "The White Marlin Capital of the World" (about 600 feet away); Anchor from the Sailboat Wreck (about 600 feet away); Largest Fish
Ocean City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 30, 2013
2. Ocean City Marker
(about 600 feet away); Island on the Move (about 700 feet away); The Blue Crab (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ocean City.
 
Categories. EntertainmentIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Ocean City Marker seen along the Boardwalk image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 7, 2013
3. Ocean City Marker seen along the Boardwalk
Ocean City Boardwalk image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 7, 2013
4. Ocean City Boardwalk
Ocean City Fishing Pier image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 7, 2013
5. Ocean City Fishing Pier
Ocean City Beach and surf in early October image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 7, 2013
6. Ocean City Beach and surf in early October
Ocean City Historic Life Saving Station Museum image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 7, 2013
7. Ocean City Historic Life Saving Station Museum
Ocean City's Thrasher's Landmark and tradition plus Boog's BBQ Beef as well image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 7, 2013
8. Ocean City's Thrasher's Landmark and tradition plus Boog's BBQ Beef as well
According to the recorded history of Thrasherís, the salt and vinegar toppings harken back to the old English ways of dressing potatoes. That fact, and the peanut oil Thrasherís uses to fry the tasty spuds is all we will ever truly know about the “secret recipe,” started in 1929 by Mr. J.T. Thrasher, the original “Lord of the Fries.”
Mr. Thrasher was a Georgian who introduced a unique concept to the Ocean City Boardwalk, a food stand specializing in only one item (the French fry), unheard of at the time. Thrasher was by all accounts a perfectionist, who brought in potatoes from various regions, at different times of year to ensure the same high quality and taste. To run the stand, he employed a group of girls from a Christian School in Georgia, and housed them in a dormitory above the present-day Bank of Ocean City.
The original Thrasherís was located just a few steps down from its current location, in the breezeway of the Ocean City Amusement Pier. When forced to sell his beloved French fry stand due to failing health, Mr. Thrasher sold it to local entrepreneur Franklin “Chip” Hastings, who moved the stand to itís present location. In 1974, Buddy Jenkins purchased Thrasherís, and 34 years later he remains the third owner of the little stand that made French fries ubiquitous with the seashore. (excerpt ;ShoreBread Magazine - Lord of the Fries:
Posted on 08/07/2012 Written by: Andrea Bowland )
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 7, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3, 4, 5. submitted on October 17, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6, 7. submitted on October 16, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   8. submitted on October 17, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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