Category: Historical Accounts

Various historical accounts, texts, and reader submissions, excluding News Articles.

The Hotel Walt Whitman, located virtually on the Delaware Bridge Plaza in the heart of thee business section, is a monument to the community spirit of Camden, having been built through the assistance of citizens. It has justified the confidence of its backers.
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Camden Kiwanis Club Alert

The Camden Kiwanis Club is a Civic organization with activities centering about certain objectives, some of which are the underprivileged children, the promotion of an intelligent citizenship, the practice of the Golden Rule in business, the fostering of better relations between the employer and the employee, and between the farmer and the city resident.

Baird Boulevard - Camden NJ History
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Automobiles brought about the modern highways of today and no section of the country has responded to the demand for good roads more completely than has South Jersey.

Sheep employed by the City as grass cutters at the Victor King Park in East Camden. The curly horned gentleman in the inset is the Daddy of the Flock.
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It was in 1631 that the Dutch Commenader, De Vries, while sailing up the “De La Warr” River, discovered a verdant island at the spot where Camden now stands. This he named Jacques Eylandt, and the river afterward was named after Lord De La Warr, its discoverer, the Delaware.

Memory Stock Photo
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Centennial Mirror 1828-1928

A centennial review: the year was 1927 and the future had hardly ever looked brighter for the City of Camden. Times were prosperous, business and industry were booming, and the city was full of recently constructed public buildings, civic improvements, schools, the new Delaware River bridge and its new highway to the suburbs. The stock market crash of 1929 and the Depression that followed were in the unimagined future.

Winfield S. Price, Portrait
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Grow With Us

Camden this year marked the centennial anniversary of its incorporation as a city. One hundred years ago our population was 1143.

Thomas York Smith - Portrait
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Economy In Keeping With Progressive Growth

It is the duty of the Revenue Department to appraise the financial needs of the municipality and then to raise necessary funds through taxation, but this must be done with strict adherence to the policy of keeping to a minimum the burden placed on the taxpayer.

David S Rhone - Portrait
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That Sense of Security

Camden is boastful of the fact that loss to citizens through acts of criminals is virtually nil, while the. Fire Department through a period of several years has held down the fire loss rate to a point which ranks as one of the lowest for any city its size in the nation,

William D Sayrs - Portrait
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Can’t Go Wrong on Camden

When a community government exerts its utmost powers to provide the highest stan­dards in water, sewage disposal and improved streets, the fundamental steps toward health and progress have been provided.

Clay W Reesman - Portrait
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Making Health with Parks

CAMDEN has passed the stage where the promotion of park spaces and play grounds is listed as a luxury.

1927. Part of the old Market St ferry can still be seen (lower left/center). Docks used for out of service ferry boats
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The City of Camden, situated on the Delaware River, served by two of the nation’s leading railroads and set in the midst of a mighty labor market in a territory second to none in buying power, is essentially an industrial and home city.

Walt Whitman; Center: The Whitman home at 330 Mickle Street, owned and maintained by the City of Camden as a literary shrine. The poet's last resting place in Camden's beautiful Harleigh Cemetery where he lies beside his beloved mother. The burial lot was given to him as a Christmas present in 1890 by a group of friends.
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A Stranger Arrives

Along in the springtime of 1873 there appeared in the streets of Camden a strange, tall, limping man, clad in a somber grey. His general appearance was enhanced by the picturesqueness of his flawing white beard­ his large white collar loosened at the throat ­and the manner in which he carried his head ­proudly, but without disdain.

Leather Stock Photo
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The first industry to enter our boundaries came into being when the Browning Brothers established a plant for the manufacture of dye-stuffs and at about the same time the American Nickel Works was started.