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Early 1900's


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The first boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ built around 1890 and ran through the intersection of 9th and Ocean Ave.  Over time, it was rebuilt closer and closer to the ocean.  Today's boardwalk (the fifth at 9th Street) was built in 1928 after a very large fire in October of 1927.

Before the 1927 fire, the boardwalk was very much developed, but sat 300 feet east of where it is today.  The pre-1928 boardwalk was built in the 1904.

In the early 1920's, several theatres lined the boardwalk:  The Plaza, the Hippodrome Pier, the Uno, the (old) Strand, the Moorlyn, Doughty's Pier, and the Park. (Today, only the Moorlyn Theatre remains.)

Below are some scenes of the turn of the century boardwalk.

moorlyn02.jpg (37205 bytes)    The old Music Pier (left) sits across from the Moorlyn Bowling Casino (right). Circa 1905

bwalk13.jpg (92857 bytes)    A small crowd gathers in front of the music pier (right) and the Moorlyn Theatre (left). Early 1920's

bwalk11.jpg (66972 bytes)    Faunce's Theatre (later the Plaza Theatre) was between 9th and 10th street. Sometime before 1920.

bwalk12.jpg (67048 bytes)    A later view of the Boardwalk (early 1920's) showing the Plaza Theatre.

bwalk01.jpg (125613 bytes)    Almost the same scene, shown on a colorized postcard postmarked 1930.

bwalk03.jpg (141509 bytes)    Another group mugs for the camera at Ninth Street.  On the right is the Hippodrome Pier, which included arcades and a theatre.

hippo01.jpg (61623 bytes)    Another shot of the Hippodrome Pier at Ninth Street. 1925

park01.jpg (50837 bytes)    The Park Theatre, which burned in the 1930'spark02.jpg (89618 bytes)

musicpier01.jpg (50664 bytes)    The original Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. It was moved north about 4 blocks after the 1927 fire, and then burned down in the mid-1960's.

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