Description: Photo of Charlie Seidel, commercial crabber, 1967, at Middle River, Maryland. Photo from the collection of Melissa Todd, daughter of Charlie Seidel.
Contributor: Melissa Todd
All Aboard For Back River!
(The Baltimore Sun, 7/23/1911)
…’A trip to Back River is worth taking. Once there were two young men standing at Baltimore and Holliday streets watching the crowds board the cars. One of the men was a chap who knew the last names of half the bartenders in town and could tell unhesitatingly where a drink could be had on Sundays. The other was a gentleman, for he never drank too much, and the pleasures of the plain people did not appeal to him.
The pushing, surging throng fighting for a toe hold on the crowded cars interested him. He wanted to know why they shoved each other so and why they were so keen on getting to Back River. He had never been there, so the other suggested that they take a ride and follow the crowd.
“Be a roughneck for once and ride down to Back River,” he suggested. “There’ll be rough stuff there if you want it, but you’ll be safe enough if you’re good.”’
Publisher – Baltimore Sun
Date – 7/23/1911