Riviera Beach, Maryland

Meetings are at 7pm the 1st Tuesday of every month in the basement of Jenkins Memorial Church

 

Where Bay, River & Creek Meet

Beach History

Riviera Beach History

Interested in learning about the history of Riviera Beach?  Most of the information and documents below were provided by long time residents of the community. 



Thanks to the Crowley Family for this photo of our beach and postcards from the 50's

Thanks to Sue McCool for her nice email about our community.  She used to live here in the 40's.  She would love to hear from others who lived here during that time.  You can read her email by clicking on the link below.  She has also posted a comment on the Facebook page

Email from Sue McCool




Thanks to Lisa White for Sending these in.  They are bands that were worn when swimming near the triangle.  Apparently each beach house was given two.  Lisa found them when they moved into their home.






The following aerial photos have been provided by Ruth Ann Thuman. She has been told they are from 1927. Her copies are photographed from framed originals in an unknown real estate office. Does anyone know the whereabouts of the originals? If so please send an mail to webmaster.

Rock Creek Area, ca. 1927

LARGE

 
Stoney Creek Area, ca. 1927

LARGE

 
Rock Creek Area, ca. 1927

Screen Size

 
Stoney Creek Area, ca. 1927

Screen Size

   

1920's est.

 

Riviera Beach Development Company model home flyer
Donald Sparklin of Riviera Beach provided copies of the Riviera Beach Development Company's model home flyers. There were three model homes offered with this flyer; "The Riviera", "The Chesapeake" and "Suits Us". The flyer read Riviera Beach is the Spot, "Maryland's Master Waterfront"
 

1927 est.

 


Riviera Beach Development Company's Baltimore Sun ad
Along with the model home flyer, Donald Sparklin provided a copy of an ad that supposedly ran in the Baltimore Sun in 1927.

May 1940

 

The Green Haven Hash - May 1940
A copy of "The Green Haven Hash" published in May 1940. This 8-page publication covered everything from overcrowding at Jacobsville school,  a proposed county zoning and planning bill to a section called Between Neighbors which features interesting tidbits about local residents.

1946

The Riviera Athletic Association Benefit Dance 
The Riviera Athletic Association Benefit Dance flyer was published in 1946. This 27-page publication contained Riviera News and several ads from local businesses including one from The Riviera Beach Development Company coining the phrase "Where Bay, River and Creek Meet".

 
   

1955-1956

"Discovering Our School Community" 
Grade 5, 
Riviera Beach School
This 27-page comprehensive report was created by the 5th Grade at Riviera Beach School in Pasadena, Md in 1955 and 1956. Geography, History of The Beach, Population, Housing, Community Services, Religion, Educational Opportunities and Clubs were some of the topics covered to name a few. This is a very interesting read which also reveals the mind-set of yesteryear. 
 
   


The following are miscellaneous photos and postcards.

Postcard from the 1920's with a Christmas Craft Speedboat Postcard from the 1920's
Riviera Beach Football Team, late 1940's.

In the center back row is Wayne McDonald (information provided by Glenn Johnson).
 


A gathering at the Park, 1940's

The person in the center front row is Milton Weeden (information provided by Glenn Johnson)

Stoney Creek Bridge November 19, 1946 Line-up of the two Riviera Beach football teams in the late 1940's.
 

Do you have anything you can contribute?
It could be documents, articles, photos or even your own recollections or stories. If so, send an email to webmaster. We can scan your documents and return everything back to you. Please share your memories with everyone who lives in "The Beach".

We will try to be as accurate as possible regarding the information and dates. If you find any discrepancies in the information or documents posted, please send an email to webmaster. Thank you.