Friday, September 4, 2015

Ten Sights to See in Atlantic City

1. Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument, erected in 1916. The four figures which stand at the base of the monument face the cardinal points of North, South, East and West, and represent the infantry, cavalry, navy, and artillery.

2. The Fountain of Light was built in 1922 to commemorate that anniversary of the first light bulb.  If you look closely you can see lines of light bulbs strewn on either side like a pearl necklace.  Photo tip:  the best view is around the corner with your back to the beach facing the Claridge Hotel in the background, just my oversight and opinion. I just have to go back now.  It is always something that lures or haunts me to return.

3. There she is....Miss America, another missed opportunity but back in the day, 1922, when these steps were used for the Beauty Pageant, Margaret Gorman was just 16 years old when she was crowned "Golden Mermaid" and won $100.  In 1928, the pageant was moved indoors.  I am thinking it had something to do with hair.  From 1940 through 2004 The Miss America Pageant was held at the Atlantic City Convention Hall and moved to Las Vegas but returned to AC in 2013. September 13, 2015 a new Miss America 2016 will be crowned. Trivia question:  Which state has the last 3 Miss America's come from?

4. Not to be missed to the right of the steps is the Korean War Memorial.

Beneath an eternal flame, is engraved with the names of the 822 New Jerseyans who were killed or are still missing in action.
"The Mourning Soldier" clutching dog tags and remembering his lost comrades and behind him soldiers "under fire" emerges.

More information about the memorial can be found at the website.

5. The World War I Memorial located at O'Donnell Parkway, S. Albany and Ventnor Avenues was built in 1922, and added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 28, 1981. Designed by Emil Diebitch, Inc. The rotunda houses a 9-foot (2.7 m) bronze statue titled Liberty in Distress by Frederick W. MacMonnies. In 1891 Frederick MacMonnies, was awarded the commission for the Columbian Fountain, the centerpiece of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

6. Here's the thing, I hopped off the trolley to snap a picture of this house.  We were told it is the oldest house in Atlantic City and it was moved here courtesy of  Donald Trump for preservation purposes. . Take a look at the oldest house again.  I had no idea that the original Steel Pier Diving Bell would be photo bombing my picture.  I wish I would have gotten closer to it but it is relatively as close as I got when I was a little girl. Look at her back there, she is so little.  I still would not get inside it, even if it is above water!

7. The Atlantic City Free Public Library was founded in 1903 with matching funding from Andrew Carnegie. The architect Albert Randolph Ross, also designed the library now used for the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. It was used as the Atlantic City Public Library until 1985.  It sat vacant for seven years. Through collaborative efforts of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), the City of Atlantic City, and Stockton University enabled the preservation and renovation of the historic building.  It is now used as a satellite for Stockton.

8. Behind the Carnegie Building is the Civil Rights Garden a tribute to the Civil Rights Movement.

9. The Absecon Lighthouse is the tallest light house in New Jersey and the third tallest masonry lighthouse in the country.  I still can't believe that.  I climb it! Built by George Meade a Gettysburg Civil War fame. It has an excellent museum inside. It was added to Narional Register of historic Places, January 25, 1971.

10.  The Absecon Inlet has seen better days much of the boardwalk was wiped out way before Sandy came along.

 Across the way and I cannot confirm this to be true but speculation has it that Frank Sinatra stayed in the house across the inlet in Brigantine and if you would like to be speculator and buy a place where ole blue eyes supposedly slept while he performed at the Sands Casino this baby is up for sale for a mere 5 Million Dollars. It has five bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms, but does it have an outdoor shower? I guess you could rinse off in the pool and the sea wall is cool. I am not saying Frank did not sleep here but I saw a Sinatra forum online and someone asked where Frank stayed while he performed at the Sands and someone named Nancy said he stayed at the hotel and she could probably know. I have heard the Sands rented it though and our trolley driver said Lady Gaga stayed there, all speculation.

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