Referred to endearingly by many locals as "The Dena", Pasadena, Maryland is known for a great many things. Mapped out by Captain John Smith in the early 1600s, the Pasadena peninsula has grown to become a popular landmark for families and businesses with its prime location just between Baltimore and Annapolis. Much of Pasadena's history is written about in Isabel Shipley Cunningham's book, "Between Two Rivers: A Panoramic View of the Pasadena Peninsula".
While there are many, many quirky traits about our beloved 21122 (maybe we'll write a more comical piece about those later on), here are four fast facts about Pasadena's history.
1. Bodkin Elementary School
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The original Bodkin Elementary School, which was built in the late 1920s, was located between Mount Carmel Church and (what is now) Chesapeake High School. Several years later, the school tragically burned down. It was rebuilt at its current location, just past Chesapeake Bay Middle School.
2. Kurtz's Pleasure
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Long before The Bay Bridge (east-bound in 1952 and west-bound in 1973) allowed travelers easy access to the Eastern Shore and prior to every house having air conditioning or a swimming pool, Kurtz’s Beach was the destination of choice. Known then as "Kurtz’s Pleasure", the venue opened May 27, 1933 and was one of ten privately owned bathing beaches located here in northern Anne Arundel County. Traditionally serving the public Memorial Day through Labor Day, Kurtz’s offered guests a relaxing reprieve from the sweltering heat and humidity of a Mid-Atlantic summer.
3. Irv's Basement Bar
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Maryland's longest running basement bar is located at a secluded home in Pasadena. For nearly 55 years, 94-year-old Irv Koch runs his small business by himself. It is the only licensed bar of its kind in Maryland. Inside, bras and underwear of all shapes and sizes hang from the ceiling, and knickknacks of all sorts compiled from the last 50 years are piled on shelves. Customers are mostly regulars, who come from Pasadena, Severna Park, and surrounding areas.
4. Three B's Bakery
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Located on Fort Smallwood Road, Three B's Bakery opened in 1957. It is still owned and operated by the same family - the Bolanders. The bakery is famous across the region for its Marshmallow Donuts.