Jackson’s Casino and the George Washington Hotel were popular locations during World War II. Jackson’s with its live entertainment and slot machines was Ocean City’s favorite nightclub, while the George Washington was the town’s tallest building and featured a ballroom on its top floor. Located on the Boardwalk between 9th and 10th streets, both were Ocean City landmarks.
Jackson’s became a pin-ball arcade known as the Ocean Casino in the early 1950s but the building was destroyed in the famous March Storm of 1962. In 1963, the Funcade Casino was built at that location.
The George Washington Hotel was demolished in 1990 and the Americana Hotel replaced it on the corner of 10th Street and the Boardwalk.
Photo courtesy Ken Jordan
Ocean City has had its share of colorful characters over the years. The blind musicians Tex, with his 10-gallon hat, and Shorty, with his banjo and dog Mandy; “Pop” Wendling with over 200 Popeye tattoos and his novelty joke shop; and Boardwalk Elvis (now an icon in Ocean Pines) were just a few of the folks who made memories for … Continue reading
The Pier Ballroom was Ocean City’s most popular teenage hangout in the 1960s. Located on top of the Pier building at Wicomico Street and the Boardwalk, DJ-hosted record hops brought the “under 21 crowd” to Ocean City on a nightly basis. Live entertainment was featured at times and acts such as Chuck Berry, Little Eva, Joey Dee and the Starliters … Continue reading
The Surf and Sands was one of the first motels on the beachfront strip that became known as “Motel Row.” Built by Dirk and Roda Quillin, it stretched from 22nd to 23rd streets along the Boardwalk and opened Memorial Day weekend in 1955. The original motel was two stories high and featured the first kidney-shaped swimming pool in Ocean City. … Continue reading
Shantytown Village was developed by Daniel Trimper IV and opened in 1976 next to the Route 50 Bridge in West Ocean City. It was designed to resemble a New England fishing village and was modeled on photos taken by Trimper during a visit to Nantucket Island. It was a popular attraction for Ocean City’s visitors and people came to eat … Continue reading
The railroad brought tourists to Ocean City in the early part of the 20th Century and excursion trains made daily trips bringing hundreds of people to town each day. These folks would stroll the Boardwalk while some would rent bathing suits and spend a few hours on the beach. There was no Ocean City Beach Patrol in those days and … Continue reading
In April 2013, the Mayor and City Council, acting on a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Committee, decided to get rid of the five wooden beach toys that had delighted kids for nearly 20 years. The playground-style toys had been donated by local business owners and placed on the beach each summer. They consisted of a pirate ship, a … Continue reading
Ocean City was a seasonal town (Memorial Day to Labor Day) and didn’t get a full-time library until the mid-1960s. The Ocean City branch of the Worcester County Library opened in July 1966 on the corner of 14th Street and Philadelphia Avenue. It served the community for over 40 years but had outgrown its cramped space by the time the … Continue reading
The Belmont was a landmark on Dorchester Street with its distinctive green and yellow façade for many years. Located just a few steps off the Boardwalk, it had been built by Lambert Ayres in 1897. Lizzie Hearne bought the hotel in 1902 and she and her descendants ran it and later its attached sister hotel, the Hearne, for over 100 … Continue reading
The Misty Harbor began a life as a one-story motel known as the “New Beach Motel” in the early 1950s. Located at 2501 Philadelphia Avenue, the motel was sold to Ocean City Mayor Hugh Thomas Cropper in 1964. The name was changed to the “Misty Harbor” for the 1965 season and a second floor was later added. A popular motel … Continue reading