Camden, NJ


BOYER STREET, also known as Boyer Court, ran east from Nelson Street for about half a block until it came to a dead end at the rear of 1131 South 2nd Street. An alley between 1131 and 1133 South 2nd Street provided pedestrian access.

Prior to 1891 their had been a block of 5 wood frame homes that are referred to in the 1891 Sanborn Map as "Potters Old Block", and that are noted on the map that they were "to be removed" on the land where eight brick homes were later built on what became known as Boyer Street. 

By the time the 1892 Camden City Directory was compiled, homes had been built on Boyer Street. Eight were eventually built, all on the north side of the street. As can be known from examining the 1891 and 1906 maps below, the 1100 block of Knight Street had been renamed Nelson Court and also had been extended to provide street access to the newly built homes on two new streets, Stanley Street and Boyer Street, and alley access to Cox Street.

The land bounded by Kaighn Avenue, Chestnut, South 2nd, and Front Streets was consolidated after World War II for industrial development. A few homes were still standing on Boyer Street as late as 1963. Shortly afterwards, Stanley Street, Boyer Street, Nelson Street, and the 100 block of Sycamore Street (formerly Cox Street) were erased. 

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

 Phil Cohen

Boyer Street - 1891 Sanborn Map
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The street at the far left is Kaighn Avenue. The 100 block of Knight Street was renamed Nelson Street. The 100 block of Cox Street was renamed Sycamore Street.

Boyer Street - 1906 Sanborn Map
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The street at the far left is Kaighn Avenue. The 100 Nelson Street was also known as Nelson Court. The 100 block of Cox Street was renamed Sycamore Street.

Sanborn Map
North Side of Kaighn Avenue
South 2nd Street

Last Edited 1963

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Intersection of Boyer Street & Nelson Street

1000 Block of Boyer Street
  129 Boyer Street

1892 William Jones

George Bowyer

1947 Lacy R. Johnson

  131 Boyer Street

1947 Mrs. Charity Allen

  133 Boyer Street

1947 Howard Thorpe

  135 Boyer Street

1892 Roswell Latchum

1947 No return

  137 Boyer Street

1947 Agler Edwards Jr.

  139 Boyer Street

1947 William Andrews

  141 Boyer Street

1947 Mrs. Susan Patterson

  143 Boyer Street

1947 Elwood G. Briscoe

Intersection of Boyer Street & South 2nd Street


Bandits Rip Off Trousers And Take Worker's $500 Cash
Trio Attacks Man on Way to Shipyard and Menaces Barber Who
Goes to Aid With Revolver; Hurl Torn Garment in Victim's Face

After holding him up and tearing off his trousers completely from his legs three bandits robbed Adam Wallace, 61, of 1021 South Second Street, of $500 at 7:00 a.m. yesterday.

A South Camden barber who at tempted to assist the man as the bandits were struggling with him was threatened with death by one of the thugs who pointed a revolver at his face.

Wallace told Detective Sergeant Gus Koerner he was walking along South Second Street on his way to work at the New York Shipbuilding Company when three colored men approached him at Boyer's Court, which is between Sycamore Street and Kaighn Avenue.

One of them grabbed him around the neck, he said, and he was dragged into a small alley. He at tempted to struggle with the men he told Koerner, but they overpowered him and threw him to the ground. They then tore his trousers and took $500 he had in one of the pockets.

While the thieves were struggling with the man, Herman Bird, colored, a barber, of 1131 South Second Street, who was washing the windows of his shop less than 100 feet away heard the commotion and ran to Adamís assistance.

One of the trio stopped him before he reached the alley and placed the revolver against his mouth and told him to "go back where you came from or you will get shot."

After taking the trousers the bandits found the money and hurled the torn garment back at Wallace who was still lying on the ground.

He returned to his home less than two squares away and reported the theft to detectives. The money, he said, was cash that he has saved up in several years employment at the shipyard. He did not tell detectives how he happened to be carrying it today.