Boyds, Maryland

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Boyds, Maryland is an unincorporated community in rural Montgomery County, Maryland, located north of Washington, DC. Its ZIP Code is 20841.

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.

History

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...
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