Crisfield: The First Century

Crisfield: The First Century

by Jason Rhodes


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Crisfield, once one of the largest communities in Maryland, is a city literally built on seafood: its foundation is comprised largely of oyster shells. Named in 1866 for Eastern Shore Railroad president John W. Crisfield, the city was formed from the Somerset County communities of Annemessex and Somers Cove and incorporated in 1872. Known then as "Dodge City of the East," the railroad's seafood-shipping opportunities gave the area new hope, and by the 1930s, it gained the nickname "Seafood Capital of the World." Crisfield: The First Century highlights landmark events--the Great Fire of 1928, Hurricane Hazel in 1954, and the creation of the National Hard Crab Derby--and everyday life at school, church, and downtown. Crisfield's rich history is captured in more than 200 images in this volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531625719
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 05/10/2006
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Author Jason Rhodes, an award-winning journalist and photographer, is a lifelong resident of Maryland's Eastern Shore and a native of Crisfield. His past works include a travel guide and two Arcadia books, Postcard History Series: Somerset County and Images of America: Maryland's Amusement Parks.

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