The Samoa and Mario’s were two of Ocean City’s most popular restaurants in the late 1960s. Located in Philadelphia Avenue between 22nd and 23rd streets, the Samoa moved two blocks north in 1969 and is now the location of a Sunsations store. Mario’s was a favorite of Ocean City’s locals and stayed open year-round serving some of the resort’s best steaks and Italian food for over 50 years.
Mario’s closed forever on Sept. 24, 2005. The building was razed and the location is now a parking lot.
Photo courtesy Vera Maiorana
The Alamo Court was the first motel in Worcester County. Bill Weaver, a former World War II fighter pilot, bought two acres along the then new Route 50 entrance to Ocean City in 1946 and hired contractor Ridge Harman, Sr. to build a 40-unit motel. Weaver had been stationed in San Antonio, Texas during his Army Air Force training and … Continue reading
Ocean City’s 9th Street was the big hangout for the college-age crowd during the 1950s and 1960s. One of the major attractions was the Beach Club where live bands provided a party atmosphere and beer flowed freely. Next door, Tom Shill’s Hamburger Heaven served hot dogs, burgers and fries and had a unique machine that rolled out perfectly formed hamburger … Continue reading
The Ocean City Fishing Pier is under construction circa 1906 in this photo but the pier building has not been built. Work began in 1904 and was completed in time for the 1907 season. The original permanent Boardwalk can also be seen; it was narrow and raised above the sand. On hot days, bathers would sit under it and seek … Continue reading
The year 1896 is an important date in the history of Ocean City for it marked the beginning of the commercial fishing industry and changed a small seasonal resort to a year-round town. Captain Christopher Ludlam brought a crew of fishermen from Cape May, N.J. and began pound fishing off the coast of Ocean City in the spring of 1896. … Continue reading
The development of Ocean Pines by the Boise Cascade Corporation began in 1968 and continued at a rapid pace throughout the 1970s. In the early years, there was no Route 90 bridge and unique marketing strategies to sell lots “in the middle of nowhere” included Hawaiian Luaus, a private clubhouse and pool on the beach at 48th Street and transportation … Continue reading
Hugh Thomas Cropper, Jr. was appointed to serve out the term of Mayor Daniel Trimper, Jr., who had resigned on May 15, 1959 to join the Worcester County Commissioners. Cropper went on to win several elections and served as mayor throughout the 1960s. During the March Storm of 1962, he was instrumental in obtaining the state aid that rebuilt the … Continue reading
This photo depicts the corner of Caroline Street and Philadelphia Avenue in 1930. The homemade tennis court was on the west side of the home of Irving Mumford, who was famous for taking a daily dip in the ocean which he did on a year-round basis regardless of the weather. The sign on the large brown house reads “The Caroline,” … Continue reading
The Knickerbocker Ferry passes through the Route 50 Bridge in February 1971. Planned as a floating shopping mall with two restaurants and a 200-seat movie theater, the former Staten Island, N.Y. Ferry met with nothing but disaster during her three-and-a-half year stint in Ocean City. Owned by the Washington-based company, Ferryboat Ltd., the boat got stuck on a sandbar off … Continue reading
The Ground Observer Corps was made up of civilian volunteers in the early years of World War II. Part of the “Aircraft Warning Service,” spotters used visual aids such as silhouettes and spotter cards to identify potential enemy aircraft along the coastline in 1942 and 1943. No enemy aircraft were ever spotted off the Maryland coast but submarine attacks on … Continue reading