Fourth Street Life Saving Station

Eric Szendrey

The Fourth Street Life Saving Station was primarily used as a base for the Life Guards in the early 1800s. It was one of the first of its kind. It was located on the beach but due to close to two hundred years of sand depositing from the more northern beaches, it is now about three blocks back on the corner of Fourth St. and Atlantic Avenue in uptown Ocean City.

What surprised me about this monument is that it is in jeopardy of being torn down to make way for new real estate. This Life Saving Station is one of the last pieces of our history remaining in the city after the real estate boom not too long ago. It is important to keep this as a reminder of what the town was established as; a beach town with character.

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About urba0090

is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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