Ocean City, Maryland
Ocean City, officially the Town of Ocean City, is an Atlantic resort town in Worcester County, Maryland, United States. During the summer, Ocean City becomes the second most populated municipality in Maryland, after Baltimore. It is part of the Salisbury, MD-DE Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,102 at the 2010 U.S. Census.
About Ocean City, Maryland in brief
Ocean City, officially the Town of Ocean City, is an Atlantic resort town in Worcester County, Maryland, United States. During the summer, Ocean City becomes the second most populated municipality in Maryland, after Baltimore. It is part of the Salisbury, MD-DE Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau. The population was 7,102 at the 2010 U.S. Census, although during summer weekends the city hosts between 320,000 and 345,000 vacationers, and up to 8 million visitors annually. The land upon which the city was built, as well as much of the surrounding area, was obtained by Englishman Thomas Fenwick from the Native Americans in 1869. The Ocean City Inlet was formed during a significant hurricane in 1933, which also destroyed the train tracks across the Sinepuxent Bay. In the late 1980s, and into the 1990s, the width of the beach began to shrink, prompting the first of a series of beach replenishment projects. In 2002, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! undertook a multimillion-dollar renovation of the Wax Museum, turning it into a laser tag museum. The Wax Museum now houses the Believe It Or Not! Believe It Not! Ripley Museum, a giant walk-through haunted house with live actors near the end of the pier and a New Orleans-style Hollywood-style pier on the side of the boardwalk. The city has become one of the largest vacation areas of the East Coast. In 1952, with the completion of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge,.
Ocean City became easily accessible to people in the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. In 1964, with a whole new pathway to the south was opened. This tunnel connects Northhampton County on the Delmarva Peninsula to Southeast Virginia. By the 1970s, big business flourished and gave birth to the more than 15,000 condominium units, creating high-rise condominiums that gave investors a glimpse of the ocean. The Atlantic Hotel, the first major hotel in the town, opened July 4, 1875. It was originally owned by the Atlantic Hotel Company, but eventually Charles W. Purnell bought it in 1923. For years it was the northernmost attraction in Ocean City. By 1878 tourists could come by the Wicomico & Pocomoke Railroad from Berlin to the shores of Sine pixent Bay across from the town. The inlet eventually helped to establish Ocean City as an important Mid-Atlantic fishing port as it offered easy access to the fishing grounds of the Atlantic Ocean. The Army Corps of Engineers took advantage of nature’s intervention and made the inlet at the south end of Ocean city permanent. By 1881, a line was completed across Sine Poxent Bay to the shore, bringing rail passengers on the Baltimore, Chesapeake and Atlantic Railroad directly into the town to a train station on Philadelphia Avenue and returning to larger city markets with locally caught fish.