Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Railroad
Avenue


RAILROAD AVENUE ran (no kidding) from Kaighn Avenue to Jefferson Street on the west side of the railroad tracks as late as 1969. In time Railroad Avenue between Kaighn and Jackson Street disappeared, the blocks between Atlantic Avenue and Jackson Street being absorbed by Camden Iron & Metal. 

Early in the 20th century a rail station existed along the tracks at just to the south of Van Hook Street, ant the one block of houses that had Railroad Avenue as a an address lay between Van Hook and Ferry Avenues. Today if you are traveling east on Van Hook Street, look to the right just before the railroad tracks... you CAN turn right, but only travel about 100 feet down what was once Railroad Avenue before coming to an earthen barrier to prevent vehicle traffic along the tracks. A similar barrier exists on the Ferry Avenue side. 

If you walk along the tracks in the 1700 block of Railroad Avenue, all you will see as of February 2004 are two street light poles with street light fixtures that no longer work, a chain link fence that once surrounded 1743 Railroad Avenue, a small section of brick wall that once belonged to that address, and an iron post in the middle of the block that also once was part of a chain link fence. Other than some depressions in the ground where houses once stood, and one or two mounds of what may have been demolition debris, there is no other physical evidence of the homes that once stood there.

Do you have an Railroad Avenue memory or picture. Let me know by e-mail so it can be included here.

 Phil Cohen


My wife's family lived on Railroad Avenue many years ago and I have been trying to locate it, do you have any idea where it was?

Phil Barth


Intersection of Jackson Street & Railroad Avenue
   
   
   
   

1600 Block of Railroad Avenue

1635 Railroad Avenue

1900
William Booth & Family

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 26, 1900

 

1635 Railroad Avenue

1906 Vacant

 

1641 Railroad Avenue

1906 

 

1643 Railroad Avenue

1906 

 

1641 Railroad Avenue

1906 

 

1643 Railroad Avenue

1906 


Intersection of Railroad Avenue & Van Hook Street
   
Intersection of Railroad Avenue and Van Hook Street, 
as seen from Route 676 - 2011
Railroad Avenue, barely detectable in 2011, 
runs parallel to the tracks on their east side.
Photo by Gabriel Angemi 
   

1700 Block of Railroad Avenue
 

1705 Railroad Avenue

1906

1930
George Crossley
House painter

1947 Labinia Broadwater
1969 No Listing

 

1707 Railroad Avenue

1906
1930 Joseph Prader

1940
Andrew Lightcap & Family
Andrew & Mary Lightcap

1947
Alex Slowey Sr. & Family

1969 No Listing

 

1709 Railroad Avenue

1906
1930-1940 Harry Roberts
1947 Steven Russian

1969 No Listing

 

1711 Railroad Avenue

1906
1930 Mark Mills
1947 Vacant
1969 No Listing


Intersection of Railroad Avenue & Reeese Street
   
 
 
   

1700 Block of Railroad Avenue
 

1723 Railroad Avenue

1906

1930 Benjamin Domansky
1930 Mark Domansky

1940
Mary Roach & Family

1947 No Return

1969
Dymitr Ochmaniuk & Family
Mymitr &
Maria Ochmaniuk

Maria Ochamniuk and her husband Dymitr emigrated from Poland in 1956, arriving in the United States aboard the USS GENERAL HARRY TAYLOR on Msrch 3, 1951 with their daughters Maria, 7; Annaliese, 5; and Zofia, 3. 

 Dymitr Ochmaniuk passed away in Camden in 1976. Maria Ochmaniuk passed away in Camden in 1994.

1970 No Listing

 

1725 Railroad Avenue

1906

1930
Walter Clark & Family
Walter & Ruth Clark
Mara Clark
Jenny Clark
Irving Clark
Russell Clark
Florence Clark

1940
Lewis Romer Sr. & Family
Lewis & Helen Romer

1947
Basil K. Plummer
Power Operator
Pennsylvania Reading & Seashore Line  Railroad

1969 No Listing

1727 Railroad Avenue

1906

1930-1947
William T. Prader & Family
city laborer
William T. & Catherine "Katie" Prader
Dorothy Prader - Margaret Prader
William Prader - Edwin Prader
Dolores Prader - Loretta Prader
Joan Prader

Left: William & Katie Prader

1969 No Listing

1727 Railroad Avenue

1906

1930-1947
William T. Prader & Family
city laborer
William T. & Catherine Prader
Dorothy Prader - Margaret Prader
William Prader - Edwin Prader
Dolores Prader - Loretta Prader
Joan Prader

Left: The Prader sons and a friend

1969 No Listing

1727 Railroad Avenue

1906

1930-1947
William T. Prader & Family
city laborer
William T. & Catherine Prader
Dorothy Prader - Margaret Prader
William Prader - Edwin Prader
Dolores Prader - Loretta Prader
Joan Prader

Left: Dolores, Joan, & Loretta Prader

1969 No Listing

1727 Railroad Avenue

1906

1930-1947
William T. Prader & Family
city laborer
William T. & Catherine Prader
Dorothy Prader - Margaret Prader
William Prader - Edwin Prader
Dolores Prader - Loretta Prader
Joan Prader

Left: William & Katie Prader

1969 No Listing

 

1729 Railroad Avenue

1906

1930-1940
Julian A. Taylor
worked at a paint plant
Julian & Lucy Taylor

1947 Brantley Fisher
1969 No Listing

 

1737 Railroad Avenue

1906

1930 Carrie Burt
1930 James Tillman

1940-1947
Mrs. Minnie V. Ingram & Family
widow  of Eugene Sr.
 Eugene Ingram Jr.
Janitor
Joseph Ingram - John Ingram
Martin Ingram - Adele Ingram
Helen Ingram

1940
Norman Johnson & Family
Norman & Flora Ingram Johnson
adele Johnson - Claudette Johnson

 

1969 No Listing

 

1739 Railroad Avenue

1906
1930

1938 Willard Dickson

1940 Adeline Wallace
1947 Mrs. Bertha Rogers

1969 No Listing

 

1741 Railroad Avenue

1906

1930
Catherine Richardson & Family
Corrine Richardson
Catherine Richardson
William Cromartie (boarder)

1940
Martin Alexander & Family

1947
Thomas Blair & Family
helper
Thomas & Pauline Blair

1969 No Listing

 

1743 Railroad Avenue

1906

1930
Howard Pollitt & Family
Howard & Lucy Pollitt
Beulah Pollitt - Joseph Pollitt
Hilda Pollitt - Eva Pollitt
India Pollitt - Richard Pollitt
Edward Pollitt - Pauline Pollitt
Estelle Pollitt - Marjorie Pollitt
Elsie Pollitt

1947
Louis Wallace & Family
helper
Louis & Adeline Wallace

1969 No Listing


Intersection of Viola Street & Railroad Avenue
   
   
   
   

Intersection of Jefferson Street & Railroad Avenue

South East Corner

1906
J.C. Dunn & Company
oil cloths

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 17, 1906

Story Furniture Company - Kaighn Avenue 
Railroad Avenue
- Jefferson Street
Miller Street - Broadway
Chestnut Street - Sycamore Street
John Schmidt - Harry Haines
Samuel Elfreth

   
   
   

Intersection of Chelton Avenue & Railroad Avenue
   
Southeast Corner
1890s-1959 - Sitley & Son - Grain, Feed, Hardware, Building Supplies
   

1906
West Side of Railroad Avenue from Jefferson Street to Chelton Avenue
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1906
West Side of Railroad Avenue from Chelton Avenue to Bulson Street
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Intersection of Bulson Street & Railroad Avenue
   
   
   
   


Camden Courier-Post - June 10, 1933

ATTACKED WITH RAKE, MAN SENT TO HOSPITAL 

Cut in a surprise attack by a man with a garden rake, Clarence Zenzater, 32, colored, of 637-1/2 Van Hook Street, was taken to West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital yesterday. 

He has four puncture wounds of the head and neck, doctors said. 

Zenzater, questioned by Second District police, said a man attacked him while he was passing along Railroad avenue, near Van Hook Street. 

The man, whose name is known to the police who seek him, struck him with a rake, Zenzater said. Police said the assailant has a criminal record and served five years in state prison after a conviction on charges of shooting two colored men. 


HOSPITAL CASES
COOPER

Lewis Raupp, 53, 833 North 6th Street, dog bite of right index finger
Anna Veroline, 34, 318 Walnut Street, sprained ankle
Albert Passarella, 15, 433 Spruce Street, sprained ankle
Thomas J. Owens, 35, 420 Taylor Ave., bruised wrist and knee
Joseph Manfredi, 14, 335 Chestnut Street, infected palm.
Margaret Cramer, 9, 323 Erie Street, infected finger
Laurence Wiggle, 5, 505 South 6th Street, cut hand
Joseph Carbone, 18, 336 Walnut Street, cut chin
Thomas DiRenzo, 13, 522 Clinton St., splinter in left foot.
Cecelia Homan, 32, 511 Ray Avenue, foreign body in eye
Mary DiVincenzo, 10, 311 Beckett St., foreign body in eye

WEST JERSEY

Theresa Marolda, 59, 1713 South 4th Street, cut finger
Benjamin Druasowictz, 34, 1282 Van Hook St., cut finger
Charles Mangold, 52, 3 North 4th Street, cut finger
Stanley Kaminski, 25, 1119 Liberty Street, cut hand
Marie Birsch, 15, 697 Van Hook St., foreign particle in eye 
Willard Dickson, 3, 1739 Railroad Ave., puncture wound of thigh

1739
Railroad Avenue

1938 Willard Dickson

Camden Courier-Post
February 14, 1938


RAILROAD AVENUE
Spring of 1974

Left to Right: Unknown - Earl Robinson
Unknown -
Theodore Primas

 

RAILROAD AVENUE - FEBRUARY 19, 2004
RAILROAD AVENUE
Looking South from Van Hook Street
RAILROAD AVENUE
Looking Northwest from Ferry Avenue
RAILROAD AVENUE
Looking Northwest from Ferry Avenue
Note old Street Lamp on Pole
to the left of phone/electric wire pole 
RAILROAD AVENUE
Looking Northwest from Ferry Avenue
1743 RAILROAD AVENUE WHERE HOUSES ONCE WERE
1700 Block of  Railroad Avenue
1743 RAILROAD AVENUE

Looking North from 1743 RAILROAD AVENUE

Fence Pole
& Streetlight Pole
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