Arthur Avenue, named after U.S. President Chester A. Arthur, is situated within the Cramer Hill neighborhood of Camden. The street’s layout was established prior to 1887, with its christening as “Arthur Avenue” occurring after Chester Arthur assumed the presidency in late 1881.
Maps predating World War I illustrate Arthur Avenue tracing the course of the railroad line adjacent to the Pavonia Car Shop, commencing at East State Street. The expansion of the railroad switching yards led to a modification of this trajectory. By the time the subsequent 1946 map was released, Arthur Avenue originated at North 24th Street. Subsequent to these instances, the street’s route extended from North 24th Street eastward, traversing North 27th Street and concluding at North 29th Street. The termination point coincides with what was once Baldwin’s Run, now referred to as Von Nieda Park since around 1950.
Notably, Veterans Memorial Junior High School, erected in 1938, occupies the eastern stretch of Arthur Avenue between North 24th and North 25th Streets. Similarly, the eastern expanse of Veterans Park, formerly the city reservoir during the 1800s, can be found on Arthur Avenue between North 25th and North 27th Streets.
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Green line represents approximate location and length prior to World War I. Blue line represents today.
Arthur Avenue, established prior to 1887 and named after U.S. President Chester A. Arthur, is situated within the Cramer Hill neighborhood of Camden.
Ted Frett grew up in Cramer Hill at North 29th Street and Tyler Avenue, and shared his memories of growing up in Cramer Hill in the 1940s and 1950s.