Coastal Evolution

Coastal Evolution (HM25XH)

Location: Annapolis, MD 21401 Anne Arundel County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 58.662', W 76° 29.244'

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Market House

—The Shoreline of Annapolis —

City Dock in Annapolis

In the 1700s, the shore of Annapolis followed approximately along the line of buildings that now front Dock Street, Market Space, and part of Compromise Street—everything closer to the water is built upon fill. Through the next three centuries, natural silting and then deliberate filling and bulkheading around the edge of City Dock reduced the waterway to the narrow inlet you see today. The additional land allowed for construction of buildings and businesses that served of benefitted from the working waterfront.

A city Market House has stood near City Dock since 1784—the current one was built just before Civil War and was first restored in the early 1970s. Veterans' Memorial Circle at the foot of Main Street was once a Victorian park. Parking spaces and Susan Campbell Park now occupy an area between Dock Street and City Dock that once held oyster packing houses and four large oil tanks.

Most of the working-class community called Hell Point (originally Hill's Point), visible in the bottom left of the 1939 photo, was bought in 1941 by the Navy, which razed the houses and commercial buildings. The Naval Academy's Halsey Field House, recognizable by its blue-green copper roof in the modern photo, was built on the cleared site in 1957. Numerous

land reclamation projects going back to the 1850s have added acreage to the Academy's grounds and significantly changed its shoreline.

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City Dock Today
HM NumberHM25XH
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Date Added Monday, March 12th, 2018 at 7:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 371159 N 4315353
Decimal Degrees38.97770000, -76.48740000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.662', W 76° 29.244'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 39.72" N, 76° 29' 14.64" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301, 443, 202, 703
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 104 Main St, Annapolis MD 21401, US
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