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The Boardwalk Experience
Visit City Hall at 301 Baltimore Avenue to see "The Boardwalk Experience" exhibit in its entirety

Collection of Marge Seim

The Sinepuxent Beach Corporation built Ocean City's first Boardwalk in 1892.
The twelve blocks of Boardwalk were located in the very southern end of the village.
Only two vacationers enjoyed the Boardwalk in this mid-September, 1919 scene.
This view was taken from the Boardwalk in front of the old Atlantic Hotel porch.
The Washington Pharmacy on Somerset Street can be seen on the left.

Collection of Faye W. Chandler

Dr. Francis Townsend, Sr. was free to drive his new automobile on the Boardwalk in 1915.
In this photograph the Plimhimmon Hotel, which was built in 1894 at Second Street, appears in the foreground.

Collection of Frank Parsons

In late December of 1925, a horrendous fire destroyed three blocks of the Ocean City Boardwalk.
The fire, driven by northwest winds, consumed the City electric plant, the Atlantic Hotel, Seaside Hotel,
Dolle?s Candyland, the Pier Building and the Casino Theater.

Collection of the Ocean City Museum Society

A one-day excursion train trip to the Ocean City Boardwalk was popular from 1900 to 1933.
Most of the people gathered near North Division Street, at Showell?s Bath House,
where they could rent a bathing suit for 25 cents and safely swim as the crowds watched over them.

Collection of Mary Ann Holloway
The Boardwalk has been the place for many parades over the years. Here, the Shriners have their day. During the 1920s and 1930s most all convention groups expected to participate in a Boardwalk parade. Note how narrow the Boardwalk was, and how the ocean was quite close

Collection of the Ocean City Museum Society
This classic photograph was taken on the Boardwalk during the early part of World War II.
A huckster selling the daily news was commonplace. During the war years, Americans were thirsty for any news from the battlefront.

Collection of Elizabeth Gordy for the Showell Family
Vacationers line the length of the Boardwalk in 1936 to admire the pretty contestants in the annual beauty parade.
The wicker rolling chairs were as much a part of the beach scene as the Boardwalk tram is today.
The financially ?elite? paid twenty-five cents an hour to be rolled down the Boardwalk in one of the three-wheeled chairs.

Collection of Virginia Ayres Satterfield
The Ocean City Boardwalk had specially marked locations where you could have your visit to Ocean City documented.
Denwood Collins Ayres and his sister Amanda Virginia Ayres, whose family owned the Lankford Hotel, posed for this photograph as youngsters.

Collection of Julia Sacca

For over thirty years, the band shell at Somerset Street was an important part of the Boardwalk landscape.
Frank Sacca and the Ocean City Band are shown performing a concert on a windy Easter Sunday in 1951.
After Mr. Sacca died and the band no longer performed, the band shell became a haven for hippies and was an eyesore to the Boardwalk.
The City tore it down, and did not replace it.

Collection of the Ocean City Museum Society
For many years, the people said that Ocean City ended at 15th Street, as did the Boardwalk.
The Commander Hotel is shown standing ocean front in the sparsely populated area of Fourteenth Street.
Only a few people ventured past this point until the mid-fifties. The Boardwalk was extended to Twenty-Sixth Street in 1950.

Collection of Deborah Travers for the Town of Ocean City
This typical scene of the mid-1960s is taken from the Pier building looking north over the most congested section of the Boardwalk.
The days of dressing up to go to the Boardwalk are over.
The popular Boardwalk eateries: Dolle?s, Alaska Stand and Thrashers all merge here at Wicomico Street.
Note the breakfast menu at Billy?s.

Collection of Deborah Travers for the Town of Ocean City
Any summer night, for over 100 years, thousands of people flocked to the lower end of the Boardwalk because of its fun filled carnival atmosphere. Concessions of the Trimper Amusement Park are shown here.

Photograph by George M. Hurley
A massive seawall was constructed in 1991.
Abutting the Boardwalk, giant sheets of steel were driven thirty feet into the sand as a barrier against stormy seas and beach erosion.
The concrete capped wall today rises three feet above the boards.
This project was part of the $40 million federal-state-county and city Beach Replenishment and Hurricane Protection Project.

Photograph by George Leukel, III
A January 4, 1992 northeaster with seventy mile an hour wind gusts and ten-foot waves tested the new seawall. It worked!

Photograph by Diane Knuckles
The Ocean City Boardwalk gets a facelift in 2000.
The new look reflects the architecture of the 1891 Life-Saving Station Museum building.
A gateway arch at North Division Street, a new all board Boardwalk and other eye-catching improvements were made.
The Travel Channel named the Ocean City Boardwalk as one of the best in America.

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