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Old December 10th, 2008, 08:55 PM   #1
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The town too big for one state: Delmar DE/MD

Delmar was founded in 1859 with the extension of the Delaware Railroad to the border with Maryland. Because the railroad company was chartered to only build within the state of Delaware, and because the railroads on the Maryland side of the border could only build within Maryland, the railroads met at the border. The town grew as the transfer of goods and people from one train to the other was needed.

Delmar, Delaware, and Delmar, Maryland, are known as "The Town Too big For One State". The Delaware and Maryland towns of Delmar share many municipal services, including administrative offices, the police department, the post office, school districts, and public utilities and services. It is believed that this is the best instance of a true bi-state town in the United States.



Delmar, Delaware, is near U.S. Route 13 in Sussex County. The population is around 1,400.


A house on 2nd Street.



Another house on 2nd Street.



Houses on Jewel Street.



A house at 2nd & Jewel Streets.



A house on State Street.



A house on State Street.



Houses on Grove Street.



Businesses on Bi State Boulevard.



Buildings on Grove Street.



Businesses on Pennsylvania Avenue.



A building on Pennsylvania Avenue.



St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, on State Street.



A building on State Street.



The Delmar Post Office, on Grove Street. The post ofice serves both the Delaware Delmar and the Maryland Delmar.



The Highball Signal, in a park on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Highball Signal was used to control train movements. When the ball was lifted into the air by the station employee, that meant that the tracks were clear.



Looking east down State Street. Delaware is on the left, and Maryland is on the right.






Delmar, Maryland is located near U.S. Route 13 in Wicomico County. The population is around 1,900.


Looking east down State Street. The building on the left is in Delaware, and the buildings on the right are in Maryland.



Rowhouses on Pennsylvania Avenue.



A house on East Street.



Another house on East Street.



A house on Elizabeth Street.



A business on Railroad Street, from Pennsylvania Avenue in Delaware. On the street sign on the right, two separate types of street signs are used, showing that State Street is located in both Delaware and Maryland. The white signs are used for Maryland's Delmar, and the green signs are used for Delaware's Delmar.



Looking west down State Street. Maryland is on the left, and Delaware is on the right.

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Old December 10th, 2008, 09:17 PM   #2
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cute small town. sad some of the buildings look so run down...
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Old December 10th, 2008, 09:26 PM   #3
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So many wires!
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Old December 11th, 2008, 05:09 PM   #4
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Nice place
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Very cool. I never new this. But, it looks so abandoned. Is this the town that has a minor league baseball team? Thanks for posting these pix.
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Very intersting.
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Old December 15th, 2008, 05:05 PM   #7
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Very cool. I never new this. But, it looks so abandoned. Is this the town that has a minor league baseball team? Thanks for posting these pix.
I don't know about being abandoned, but it's a pretty sleepy town. Delmar doesn't have a baseball team. You must be thinking of the Delmarva Shorebirds, who play in Salisbury.
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This is how I imagine your towns over there.
So neighbours there are sometimes living in different states aren't they

Do you have any big city centers close to Delmar?
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Old December 17th, 2008, 04:54 PM   #9
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This is how I imagine your towns over there.
So neighbours there are sometimes living in different states aren't they

Do you have any big city centers close to Delmar?
Salisbury, Maryland, is the closest place. It's a small city in Wicomico County (the same county as Delmar, MD). Dover, another small city that is the capital of Delaware, is less than an hour away. If you continue on the highway taking you from Delmar to Dover, in another hour you will get to the Wilmington metro area, which is the center of activity in Delaware. Beyond Wilmington, anywhere from 2 to 3 hours away, are big cities like Philadelphia and Baltimore.
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Clarification of the picture "A building on State Street"

That building is Camelot Hall. The 1st floor houses a business called The Frame Shop and the Fellowship Hall and offices for St. Steven's United Methodist Church. The 2nd floor houses the Delmarva Model Railroad Club. I am not 100% sure, but I do believe, at one time, it housed the Delmar Fire Company.












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