Railroad Helped Make Crisfield “Seafood Capital of the World”

After the Eastern Shore Railroad reached Crisfield in 1866, the town boomed since the harvest of the Chesapeake could easily be shipped overnight to major metropolitan markets.  Each day a number of trains eased out of the City pulling freight cards loaded with oysters, crabs  and clams toward the mainline and  urban customers waiting for the delicacies of the Bay.  This postcard from about 1910 shows a locomotive and cars in the center of the busy street.  The 1877 Somerset County Atlas shows the waterfront area with the railroad tracks running down to the dock.

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4 Responses to Railroad Helped Make Crisfield “Seafood Capital of the World”

  1. Bill Hughes says:

    I’ve never been to Crisfield, but heard how nice it is. Keep us informed on your dining places and things to do. NIce postcard.

  2. Fred says:

    I like that. Very nice Mike.

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