Chesapeake City, Maryland

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Chesapeake City is a town in Cecil County, Maryland, United States. The population was 787 at the 2000 census.

The town was originally named by Czech colonist Augustine Herman the Village of Bohemia (or Bohemia Manor), but the name was changed in 1839 when the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal was built. Today, the town contains numerous old homes from that era that have been converted in to bed and breakfasts, restaurants, and the local historical museum.

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History

The town was separated into north and south sections when the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal was built through the middle of the town. The two were connected by a drawbridge until 1942, when that was destroyed by a freighter that struck it. The current bridge opened in 1949.

The new bridge had to be tall enough to allow supertankers to pass beneath it, resulting in a structure so high and long that cars no longer went into the city to cross the canal. Business declined for decades thereafter.[1]

On Thursday, October 8, 2009, a bus heading from both Bohemia Manor Middle School and Bohemia Manor High School crashed head on into a Mini Cooper on the bridge. 4 students on the bus were injured and 2 were taken to Christiana Hospital in Stanton, Delaware, and the other two went to Union Hospital in Elkton. The man in the car suffered an injured knee and wrist. The female driver was unharmed and at fault for the accident.[1]

Geography

Chesapeake City is located at 39°31′40″N 75°48′44″W / 39.52778°N 75.81222°W / 39.52778; -75.81222 (39.527826, -75.812270)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), of which, 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (19.72%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 787 people, 330 households, and 228 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,393.1 people per square mile (542.6/km²). There were 371 housing units at an average density of 656.7/sq mi (255.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.92% White, 3.56% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.76% of the population.

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