We like to read about the Hardy family, Frank, Joe, Fenton, Laura and Gertrude (Trudy), Frank’s girlfriend, Callie Shaw, Joe’s girlfriend, Iola Morton, Iola’s brother, Chet, their friend, as well as their friends Phil Cohen, Biff Hooper, and Tony Prito, and find out fun facts. Time for more! They know where they live and we know, too. Namely Bayport – and where is that exactly? Glad you asked! 🙂 Don’t worry it’s not missing. It’s in the books and on the map!
In my story, Bid for Intrigue, I included trivia from The Hardy Boys #139 The Search for the Snow Leopard, where we find out the exact house number and street address! 😎
Now, what state is Bayport located in? Another great question that I’m glad you asked! 😉 In the volumes of the main Hardy Boys series, The Hardy Boys (aka The Hardy Boys Mysteries/The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories #1-#190 1927-2005) it’s the state of New York. In The Hardy Boys #7 The Secret of the Caves, we find out ~
“There are only three Rockaways—one in Oregon, one in New Jersey, and the other on the coast down from Bayport.”
“It’s a cinch we won’t go to Oregon or New Jersey first,” Chet said.
There really are three places named Rockaway in the US. As noted in the book, located in the state of Oregon and New Jersey….. and on Long Island, New York. They mentioned the other states, so the clues in that sentence indicates that it’s in the same state as Bayport – New York, “on the coast down from Bayport.” That fits a number of clues in other volumes of The Hardy Boys series.
In The Hardy Boys #37 The Ghost at Skeleton Rock it’s noted that they moved to Bayport, where Fenton became an internationally famous private investigator after having served as a detective in the New York City Police Department. It doesn’t say they moved to a different state, but to “the coastal town of Bayport”.
In The Hardy Boys #189 One False Step Frank says ~
“If we need something that only a big city has, then we drive to New York,” Frank added.
He’s referring to New York City (NYC) specifically, which is often done in the books. They’re in the state of New York.
These are just a few of the things indicating Bayport is in New York.
And, just another little (BIG) clue to add ~ there is truly a Bayport, on Long Island, in New York. 😎
Bonus: Fun stats that show it to be in the state of New York, referencing the earlier mentioned quote about Rockaway in The Secret of the Caves, rather than Massachusetts ~ There’s a Bay Port Road in West Harwich, MA, so from there to Rockaway, NJ via 1-95 S (constructed 1957) it’s 295.6 miles which takes about 4 hours and 49 minutes. From West Harwich, MA to Rockaway, NY via I-95 S it’s 269.2 miles that will take about 4 hours and 51 minutes. Bayport, NY to Rockaway via Southern State Pkwy (constructed 1927) it’s only 53.6 miles and only takes about 1 hour and 9 minutes. I can easily see why they’d choose to check out the one in their home state of New York first. 😉
If a book, series, or show says somewhere other than New York that means the ghostwriter(s) didn’t look up that fact and just missed it.
Here are some of the books in The Hardy Boys series that states that Bayport is in New York. 😎
#138 The Alaskan Adventure
#149 The Chase for the Mystery Twister
#155 The Hunt for Four Brothers
#158 The London Deception
Now you know. 🙂
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