Atlantic City; Its Early and Modern History

9780217726399: Atlantic City; Its Early and Modern History

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. The present city is situated upon Absecon Island, a distance of seven miles from the mainland. It faces the ocean to the south-eastward. Atlantic is sixty-two miles by railroad from Philadelphia, and is of easy access, there being two trains daily, to and from the former city, with which there is also direct telegraph communication. The entire beach was composed of a succession of sand heaps, thrown up by the heavy winter tides; it therefore became necessary to level them, and gravel the projected streets. Continued efforts soon produced graded thoroughfaree, possessing a hard and gravelly road-bed. Capital became rapidly invested in the erection of buildings, and Atlantic City now presents to the visitor, all the attributes of a thriving well-appointed " city by the sea." Approaching Atlantic City by railroad, we enter upon the salt meadows, immediately upon leaving Absecon village. Here the sea-siders are first apprised of their near approach to the ocean, by their involuntary inhalation of the salt air. The effect of such an atmosphere upon the system, is both exhilarating and stimulating, besides being gratefully refreshing, not only to the invalid, but to the robust in health. Passing rapidly over the meadows, a distance of seven miles, we find ourselves in Atlantic Avenue, the principal street of the city, and upon either side of which are erected the principal hotels, boarding houses, private cottages, stores, churches and market houses. The passenger cars of the railway pass slowly up this broad roadway, on which they stop opposite each hotel sufficient time to allow passengers to alight. By a judicious system of regulating the stoppages, each hotel is placed upon the same footing as its neighbors, so that passengers...

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