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Boring, Maryland

Coordinates: 39°31′52″N 76°49′23″W / 39.53111°N 76.82306°W / 39.53111; -76.82306
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Boring, Maryland
Fire hall in Boring, Maryland
Fire hall in Boring, Maryland
Boring is located in Maryland
Location within Maryland
Boring is located in the United States
Location within United States
Coordinates: 39°31′52″N 76°49′23″W / 39.53111°N 76.82306°W / 39.53111; -76.82306
CountryUnited States
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)410, 443 and 667

Boring is an unincorporated community in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States, located at the intersection of Old Hanover and Pleasant Grove Roads, approximately five miles (8 km) north of Reisterstown. A stop on the Western Maryland Railroad, it consists of about 40 houses, the Boring Post Office (ZIP Code: 21020), and formerly the Boring Volunteer Fire Company and Boring Methodist Church.[1]


Boring is known for its unusual name,[2] which was not chosen for the pace of life, but for postmaster David Boring. The town was originally named Fairview, but the railroad asked the community to change its name, due to more than one Fairview on the rail line. It is unknown when this happened, but thought to be in the late 19th century.

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]

In 2017, the Boring Volunteer Fire Company—established in 1907—was consolidated with the Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company in Upperco, located two miles away, due to both companies struggling to fully staff their operations. Now known as the Upperco Voluntary Fire Company, members began operating out of the Arcadia location, pending the construction of a new facility, with the Boring location's fire hall being used for social events.[5]

Boring Gas Engine Show and Flea Market[edit]

Aside from its name, Boring was well known for its annual Boring Gas Engine Show and Flea Market, formerly 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, were exhibited during the show. Antique tractor pulls and modern garden tractor pulls, with classes ranging from 2,500 to 10,000 pounds (1134 to 4536 kg) were also featured in the show.[3] The fire department exhibited two antique vehicles of its own at the show: a 1909 horse-drawn wagon and a 1936 Dodge Boyer engine.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

On the television series Homicide: Life on the Street, Detective Beau Felton tells Detective Kay Howard that his wife, Beth, is from Boring, MD, in the season 1 episode "And the Rockets' Dead Glare."


  1. ^ a b "Officers and Equipment" Archived January 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Boring Volunteer Fire Company. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  2. ^ Don Voorhees (October 4, 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" (PDF). National Postal Museum. July 12, 2007. p. 13. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 15, 2013.
  5. ^ Elbin, Michel (August 18, 2017). "Boring and Arcadia unite to form Upperco Volunteer Fire Company". baltimoresun.com. Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 17, 2023.

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