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.
It was in these times that Camden prepare for its 100th anniversary, and in this spirit of optimism that the city fathers under the direction of Mayor Winfield S. Price commissioned the booklet whose text you will find below.
Read more about the first 100 years of Camden and more articles from the Centennial Mirror
By Mayor Winfield S. Price, Director of Public Affairs
A CITY grows only as it is made to grow.
Camden this year marked the centennial anniversary of its incorporation as a city. One hundred years ago our population was 1143.
Today our population is approximately 140,000.
Ten years from now the population of Camden should be 300,000.
Natural advantages, coupled with boundless civic energy, is making Camden one of the fastest growing cities in these United States.
Camden as the home of mighty industries is a city whose wares are sought by the Ports of the Seven Seas.
Camden’s doors are wide open, and through the eyes of business and industry may be viewed the evidences of prosperity builder upon a solid foundation.
Camden’s past growth and the greater growth we are fostering have various contributing causes. The industrial and educational life; the advantage of location coupled with miles of frontage on the great Delaware River; climate; labor market and proximity to large centers of population and famed seashore resorts. These are salient factors and behind all is a civic determination to keep the collective shoulder behind the “wheel of Camden progress.”
Realizing and utilizing our advantages, Camden is growing, and our message goes forth to all;
COME AND GROW WITH US.
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