Boring, Maryland

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Boring, Maryland
Unincorporated community
Boring, Maryland is located in Maryland
Boring, Maryland
Boring, Maryland
Location within the state of Maryland
Coordinates: 39°31′52″N 76°49′23″W / 39.53111°N 76.82306°W / 39.53111; -76.82306Coordinates: 39°31′52″N 76°49′23″W / 39.53111°N 76.82306°W / 39.53111; -76.82306
Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Baltimore
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 21020
Area code(s) 410 and 443

Boring is an unincorporated community in Baltimore County, Maryland, at the intersection of Old Hanover Road and Pleasant Grove Road, about 5 miles north of Reisterstown. An important stop on the Western Maryland Railroad, it is very small, consisting of about 40 houses, the Boring Methodist Church, Boring Volunteer Fire Company (organized in 1907[1]), and the Boring Post Office (ZIP Code: 21020). It is known for its unusual name,[2] which was not chosen for the pace of life, but for postmaster David Boring.

Boring is mentioned in Series One, Episode 7 of the TV series Homicide: Life on the Street.

The steps in front of the old country store, where the community's post office is now located, have become a popular stop for visitors, who pose there for photographs by a sign bearing the community's name.[3] Its post office, with the community's distinctive name, opened on August 9, 1880.[4]

Boring Gas Engine Show and Flea Market[edit]

Aside from its name, Boring is well known for the annual Boring Gas Engine Show and Flea Market, held in June by the Boring Volunteer Fire Department. Old tractors, gas engines and steam engines, which served Maryland's farming communities in the early 20th century, are exhibited during the show. Antique tractor pulls and modern garden tractor pulls, with classes ranging from 2,500 to 10,000 pounds are also featured in the show.[3] The fire department exhibits two antique vehicles of its own at the show: a 1909 horse-drawn wagon and a 1936 Dodge Boyer engine.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Officers and Equipment" Boring Volunteer Fire Company. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  2. ^ Don Voorhees (4 October 2011). The Super Book of Useless Information: The Most Powerfully Unnecessary Things You Never Need to Know. Penguin Group US. p. 67. ISBN 978-1-101-54513-3. 
  3. ^ a b "Boring, Maryland--Town Named Boring" RoadsideAmerica.com. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  4. ^ "Checklist of Maryland Post Offices". National Postal Museum. 12 July 2007. p. 13. 

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