27th Street

27th Street and Federal Street - 1950s

27th Street, located in the neighborhoods of Cramer Hill and East Camden, has a rich history that spans several decades. Originally known as Fulton Street, it underwent significant transformations over time.

Prior to 1899, 27th Street was situated in Stockton Township. It extended from the southern end of Cramer Park, which was bounded by 29th Street and the Cramer Hill Ferry terminus. At that time, the street ran parallel to Main Street, which is now known as North 26th Street and should not be confused with the other Main Street in Camden.

As the years went by, 27th Street underwent changes and expansions. It crossed River Road and passed notable landmarks such as Engine Company 11 of the Camden Fire Department and the Pavonia Reservoir, which is presently known as Veteran’s Park. Continuing its path, the street intersected with what is now Howell Street, where the Camden County Jail stands today, and passed the former location of the Pavonia Railroad Station on the left.

After crossing Westfield Avenue and Federal Street, 27th Street transformed into South 27th Street. It stretched all the way to Marlton Avenue, marking the border between Camden and Pennsauken Township.

The construction of 27th Street occurred gradually over a span of approximately 70 years, starting around 1875 and continuing until about 1945. During this time, the neighborhood evolved, and various changes took place along the street. Notable developments included the demolition of the Pavonia Rail Station, the construction of a bridge over the railroad tracks, and the completion of Veteran’s Park following a flood caused by the failure of the reservoir walls.

By the early 1940s, row homes had been constructed on 27th Street, extending close to Marlton Avenue. The final addition to the street’s development in the 20th century was the construction of the Line Street Apartments, located at the intersection of South 27th Street, Line Street, and Marlton Avenue.

Among the notable residents of 27th Street was football player Mike Rozier, who achieved fame as a star running back at Woodrow Wilson High School, during his college career, and while playing for the Houston Oilers in the National Football League.

Overall, 27th Street has witnessed significant changes and growth, becoming a prominent thoroughfare in the Cramer Hill and East Camden neighborhoods, while preserving its historical significance.

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