is an unincorporated
community in rural Montgomery County
, Maryland, located north of Washington, DC. Its ZIP Code
According to the United States 2000 Census
, the ZIP Code Tabulation Area
(ZCTA) for the town of Boyds covers an area of and has a population of 2,025. Black Hill Regional Park
, and most notably Little Seneca Lake
, are part of Boyds.
The community was named for Colonel James Alexander Boyd (1823–1896), a Scottish immigrant who was a construction engineer for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
(B&O). He built a temporary village to house construction workers as the B&O built the Metropolitan Branch
line after the Civil War
. The railroad line began service in 1873. A mill, stores and other businesses were established in the area after the railroad station
opened. The B&O opened a brick railroad station in 1887, and demolished it in 1927 to make way for installation of a second track
. A wooden station was built as a replacement, but was later taken down. service is still provided at Boyds by the .
James Boyd established dairy farms
in the area and lived in the town until his death in 1896.
Boyds has until recently been a predominantly rural area. However, since the 2000 Census, there has been enormous population... Read More