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 »