Front Street

This photo, taken around 1949, captures a bar at 952 N. Front Street that was commonly referred to as "Engel's" or sometimes known as "The Blood Pit." During the 1950s and 1960s, the bar gained a notorious reputation for its rough atmosphere. Apart from James "Gabby" Knox, seen on the far right, the identities of the other individuals in the photo are unknown.

Front Street in Camden extends in a north-south direction, located to the west of Second Street and running parallel to the Delaware River. Its span begins at Erie Street in North Camden and continues southward until Atlantic Avenue. Initially, Front Street ran continuously, but in the early 1970s, several redevelopment initiatives were implemented, leading to changes along the street.


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