Pocomoke City, Maryland

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Pocomoke City, dubbed "the friendliest town on the Eastern Shore",[1][2][3] is a city in Worcester County, Maryland, United States. Although renamed in a burst of civic enthusiasm in 1878, the city is regularly referred to by its inhabitants simply as Pocomoke (/ˈpoʊkɵmoʊk/). The population was 4,098 at the 2000 census.



Beginning in the late 17th century, a small settlement called Stevens Landing (sometimes Stevens Ferry) grew at the ferry landing on the south bank of the Pocomoke River. The town was incorporated as Newtown (or New Town) in 1865, but was reincorporated in 1878 as Pocomoke City, after the Indian name of the river, meaning “black water.” Newtown was renamed after being placed on the list of banned cities by the US Navy due to the amount of crime, bootleg rum, whiskey and open prostitution. The town fathers who had a hand in the illegal activities did not want to lose their best source of customers, drunken sailors to the town was re-named Pocomoke with a sanitized history rewritten.

Stevens Landing, and then Newtown, remained a modest river crossing until the construction through the town in the 1880s of the trunk railroad line along the Delmarva Peninsula from Wilmington, Delaware, to Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore of Virginia--the line eventually became part of the Pennsylvania Railroad. In addition to agriculture, industry such as lumber milling and ship-building and, in the 20th century, factories making barrels and baskets for truck crops, and the canning of those crops, aided the town's growth.

In 1922, the business district of Pocomoke City was destroyed in a large fire, on one side of town this continued up to the church on 3rd street, known as St. Mary's Episcopal Church, claiming the pipe organ, but not the pipes and the downtown was quickly rebuilt. While truck farming declined during the 1900s, the poultry industry rose to take its place. Further, NACA, later became NASA, at Wallops Island, NAVY and Coast Guard helped with continued growth bringing jobs to the area.

Pocomoke City held a franchise in the Eastern Shore Baseball League, at times hosting the Salamanders, Red Sox, and Chicks.

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