The English Diner opened in 1939 on the corner of Wicomico Street and Baltimore Avenue. Moved to 21st Street and Philadelphia Avenue in the last 1950s, it was one of Ocean City’s most popular family restaurants.
It was known as “Little City Hall” for the daily breakfast gatherings of Ocean City’s political elite during the years that Hugh Cropper, Harry Kelley and Roland “Fish” Powell served as mayors.
The English Diner was demolished in November 2005 and the Mariner’s Watch condominium was built on the site the following year.
Photo by Bunk Mann from Nov. 6, 2005
Boxing was once one of America’s most popular sports and Ocean City offered both amateur and professional fights in the late 1920s and 1930s. Captain W.B.S Powell — prominent businessman and former Ocean City mayor — was the local boxing promoter. Bouts were held in an outdoor arena between South Division Street and S. 1st Street in the area where … Continue reading
No, that’s not a scene from an early Cruisin weekend — it’s the original “State Roads Bridge,” a narrow two-lane span built to handle Ocean City’s automotive traffic in 1916. The bridge entered town at Worcester Street and was just a block north of the railroad’s trestle bridge that spanned the Sinepuxent Bay from the mainland to South Division Street. … Continue reading
In 1922, a whale washed up on the beach near Caroline Street in Ocean City. It was towed out to sea by the U.S. Coast Guard but floated ashore again just north of the fishing pier on Wicomico Street. The City Council ordered the whale carcass dynamited and several pieces landed on the Pier Building – still standing at that … Continue reading
Motel Row developed in the mid-1950s and early 1960s in part because of the post-World War II “baby boom” and the opening of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Easier travel to the beach and the desire of young families for casual accommodations with easy parking spurred the development of the vacant land between 15 and 33rd streets. Within a decade, over … Continue reading
From 1896 to 1933, the pound fishing industry was second only to tourism in Ocean City’s economy. The fishing season ran from the end of March to mid-November and was a hard and often dangerous way for men to make a living. The fish pounds were traps made of nets located half a mile to a mile offshore. They featured … Continue reading
Legendary developer James B. Caine built his summer home — known as “Crystal House” directly on the beach just north of the Carousel Hotel in 1968. The cottage featured a living room with a fountain in the middle, three bedrooms and three bathrooms with sunken tubs and square toilets. Built on pilings, the Crystal House extended into the surf during … Continue reading
Visitors to Ocean City were offered a unique display of public art when the “Beach Birds” arrived in the spring of 2003. Designed by local artists and sponsored by various Ocean City businesses, the five-foot tall fiberglass birds could be found all over town. In hotel lobbies, at City Hall and the airport, on the Boardwalk, and even perched on … Continue reading
During World War II, Ocean City’s nightclub scene was centered on 9th Street. Within a short block, Jackson’s Casino, the Blue Dahlia and the Beach Club provided music, dancing and a lively bar scene. Slot machines were everywhere and there was hardly a hotel, bar or restaurant that didn’t have several. Ocean City was still a small seasonal town in … Continue reading
The Log House was one of the most unique buildings in Ocean City for nearly 40 years. Constructed on the southwest corner of 5th Street and Philadelphia Avenue in the late 1930s, the rooming house resembled a large cottage built of “Lincoln Logs.” The Log House went through several changes of ownership and was known as the “Pic O’Wenner Apartment … Continue reading