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Ocean City

A scattered community along the Pacific Ocean beach, in the 1890s, this descriptive name was given by local residents who hoped for a city to be built there.

Motor lodges and motels seemingly from a bygone era provide vacationers access to wide swaths of beach where vehicles are still allowed. In the 1940s, crab catching was a popular sport here. Shallow lagoons were left in the sand by the retreating tide, and the crab hunters, armed with rakes, waded about in the shallows, poking about prospectively and peering anxiously for some sign of the crab, who was usually hidden just under the sand.