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 »