|Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey|
|A sampling of the arrests on "The Coast" in 1882.|
Dempsey contracted tuberculosis in the 1890s but continued to fight and died from it in 1895, eight months after his last fight. The Pennsylvania Railroad purchased the property and knocked down the Grand Central Theatre in 1901. Over the years the old building had also been known as The Commercial House, Carroll's Casino of Music, and the National Hotel.
Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey's visit to Wilmington and the notorious "Coast" are two bits of history that have been Almost Forgotten. We hope you have enjoyed this little vignette and hope you will share this blog with your friends, subscribe, and maybe post a comments.
Being located on the Christiana River, close to three train stations, and various industrial sites gave "The Coast" just the right mix of travelers, railroaders, sailors, and industrial workers to support 30 bars and hotels and a number of "disorderly houses."ReplyDelete
There's a really fascinating article from this period (1889) called "Tough Wilmington" where two reporters (definitely not from the Coast) take a stroll through the Front St, East Side area and describe what they see. As you point out from the above quote, it was definitely not an area for the feint of heart! Just sent it to your email.
Nathan, Can you point me to that article? Tried googling but no luckDelete