The Early Days Of Motel Row

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This postcard view from the 1960s looks west from 33rd Street and the oceanfront toward the bay and mainland. The building in the foreground was the Stardust Motel, which anchored the northern end of “Motel Row.” The Harrison Group’s Hilton Hotel occupies that block today. The smaller hotels in the middle of the picture were… Read more »

Dolle’s Candyland Dates Back To 1910

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Rudolph Dolle founded Dolle’s Candyland on the Boardwalk at Wicomico Street in 1910 and his son, Rudy, turned it into an Ocean City tradition. Salt water taffy was the signature item and by the early 1920s Dolle’s also advertised, “Popcorn sent in air tight containers everywhere.” The original building, pictured, once featured a small carousel… Read more »

History Of Local Sturgeon Fish

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Atlantic sturgeon were once of the most prevalent large fish found in the coastal waters surrounding Ocean City. In the 19th Century, it is estimated over 20,000 sturgeon could be found in this region alone. The brackish waters of the Sinepuxent Bay — before the creation of the Inlet in 1933 changed the salinity —… Read more »

Remembering Melvin’s Steak House

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The property best remembered as Melvin’s Steakhouse had its beginning in 1946 when William Ruark built a restaurant and rooming house on the corner of N. 1st Street and Philadelphia Avenue. Originally named The Avenue Hotel and Restaurant but known to locals as Ruark’s, the building was purchased at an auction by Dirk Quillin in… Read more »

History Of Ocean City Fire Service

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The Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company was formed in 1905 with two hand-drawn hose reels. In addition to fighting many fires over the years, the department has served with distinction during storms and floods, helping evacuate Ocean City during the March Storm of 1962 and Hurricane Gloria in 1985. The department was even called out… Read more »

‘Fanny-Dunking’ In The Ocean

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There were several reasons that Caroline Street was Ocean City’s primary swimming beach in the 1920s and early 1930s. The beach was narrow in those days and Caroline Street was its widest part. It was also the site of Showell’s Bathhouse where tourists could rent lockers and bathing suits for 25 cents a day. The… Read more »