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Old December 15th, 2008, 06:07 PM   #1
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Atlantic City, New Jersey: Midtown, Ducktown

Midtown is located in the middle of Atlantic City, along the Atlantic Ocean. The Midtown area was the first developed area of Atlantic City. Jeremiah Leeds first settled at what is now Brighton Park. In 1870, the first Boardwalk in the world was built by hotel owners and railroad owners, who wanted to keep sand out of the hotels and the railroad cars. The first Boardwalk was originally temporary, but it was made permanent in 1890.

Buildings on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. The old Carnegie Library, built in 1904, is on the right.

The Civil Rights Garden, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

An old boarding house on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

Bally's Atlantic City and the old Claridge Casino Hotel, from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. The site of the old Sands casino, demolished to make way for a megaresort, is in the foreground.

Businesses on the Boardwalk. Bally's Atlantic City, including the Claridge Casino Hotel, are in the background. Bally's Atlantic City opened as Bally's Park Place in 1979, in the old Dennis Hotel. The casino planned on preserving the Blenheim half of the Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel, but both halves were demolished in 1979 to make way for bigger buildings.

Atlantic Palace, from the Boardwalk. Atlantic Palace was built in 1986.

Casinos along the Boardwalk.

The Claridge Casino Hotel, on Pacific Avenue between Indiana Avenue and Park Place. The Claridge was built in 1930 and was the last of Atlantic City's grand hotels near the Boardwalk from its early resort days. The Claridge survived Atlantic City's decline as a Summer vacation resort, and was eventually turned into a casino in 1981. Bally's Atlantic City bought the casino in 2003 and renamed it Claridge Casino at Bally's.

Looking north up the beach. Central Pier, built in 1884 by James Applegate and originally called "Applegate's Pier", is in the background.

The Claridge Casino Hotel, from Brighton Park along the Boardwalk.

The Wil Wild West Casino, on the Boardwalk. The Centurion Tower, built in 1997 for Caesar's Atlantic City, is in the background.

Looking at the Atlantic Ocean from the Boardwalk.

The Hotel Dennis, part of the Wild Wild West Casino. The current structure was built in 1892. The hotel became part of Bally's Atlantic city when Bally's opened, and the old hotel became the main hotel wing until the tower was built in 1989. The Hotel Dennis is one of the only remaining Boardwalk hotels of "Old Atlantic City", along with the Claridge and the Chalfonte-Haddon Hall.

The Wild Wild West Casino, part of Bally's Atlantic City. The facade of Warner Theatre, built in 1929, is in the center.

The entrance to Caesar's at Arkansas Avenue and the Boardwalk.

The entrance to Caesar's Atlantic City, on the Boardwalk near Christopher Columbus Boulevard.

The Pier Shops at Caesars, originally known as "Young's Million Dollar Pier". The Million Dollar Pier was built in 1906 by Captain John L. Young as his house. Capt. Young had the distinction of having maybe the most unique address in history for his pier: 1 Atlantic Ocean, given to him by the U.S. Postal Service. The pier still has this address to this day.

Caesar's Atlantic City, from the beach.

Looking south towards the Ducktown and Chelsea neighborhoods from the beach at Mississippi Avenue.

A closer look south down the beach.

Trump Plaza, along the Boardwalk at Columbia Place, was built in 1984.

Boardwalk Hall, officially known as the Atlantic City Convention Hall, was built in 1929. It hosted the 1964 Democratic National Convention, and was the host of the Miss America pageant until 2004.

The Pier Shops at Caesars from Chicken Bone Beach. Chicken Bone Beach was a beach near Mississippi Avenue and Missouri Avenue that was segregated for Blacks. Black families would come to the beach with picnic baskets full of chicken, and the large amount of bones left from lunches led to the name for the beach.

Looking up the Boardwalk from the Wild Wild West Casino.

Businesses on the Boardwalk. Ripley's Believe It Or Not is on the right.

The Boardwalk National Bank, on the Boardwalk. The building now houses the Casino Control Commission.

Resorts Atlantic City, on North Carolina Avenue. Resorts opened in 1978 as the first casino in Atlantic City and on the East Coast. The old Chalfonte-Haddon Hall Hotel was renovated so that Resorts could open up before a competitor's new casino could be built. The Chalfonte portion of the structure was built in 1868, and the Haddon Hall portion of the structure was built in 1893.

Steel Pier, on the Boardwalk at Trump Taj Mahal. Steel Pier was named for the steel pilings used to construct it, and was opened in 1898 as a resort for Quakers before being opened to the public. Steel Pier was known as the "Showplace of the Nation" and many celebrities performed at Steel Pier through the 20th century. The Miss America Pageant was held at Steel Pier from 1935 to 1938. Redevelopment has been proposed for the pier.

Trump Taj Mahal, along the Boardwalk at Taj Mahal Way. Trump Taj Mahal was opened in 1990.

Victory First Presbyterian Church, at Pennsylvania & Pacific Avenues.

Buildings on Pacific Avenue.

The Madison House Hotel, from the old Carnegie Library.

Buildings on Atlantic Avenue at Indiana Avenue.

Buildings on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. The Madison House Hotel, built in 1930, is in the center, and the old hotel will house foreign workers in the Summer. In the foreground is the former Sands site.

Buildings on Atlantic Avenue.

Rowhouses on Mediterranean Avenue.

Ducktown is a historically Italian neighborhood located south of Midtown and south of Christopher Columbus Boulevard. The neighborhood was named for all of the duck farms located along the bay in the area.

Buildings on Arctic Avenue.

Houses on Texas Avenue.

Businesses on the corner of Atlantic & Florida Avenues.

Businesses on the corner of Atlantic & Georgia Avenues.

Rowhouses on Georgia Avenue.

A house on Iowa Avenue.

Rowhouses on Brighton Avenue.

Houses on Brighton Avenue.

An apartment building on Atlantic Avenue.

Engine Company Number 4, on Atlantic Avenue at California Avenue.

Houses on Chelsea Avenue.

Houses on Chelsea Avenue.

The White House Sub Shop, on Arctic Avenue at Mississippi Avenue. The White House Sub Shop opened in 1946 and is the birthplace of the sub sandwich.

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Old December 15th, 2008, 07:00 PM   #2
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Atlantic City looks nice
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wow! i had no idea atlantic city was so built up. i thought atlantic city just looked like a northern daytona, but a lot of the buildings actually have a lot of character! this looks like a great place to visit, i love to see old boardwalks still in use.
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omg!!! new jersey!!!
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