What is ‘Atlantic City’?
Located on the East Coast, in New Jersey, Atlantic City is the oceanside gambling and resort capital of the East Coast. Atlantic City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, welcoming more than 27 million visitors every year.
Atlantic City has become a world-class destination, and offers something for everyone, from the boardwalk to the bay, fine dining and entertainment, from shopping to casino excitement.
Atlantic City is the inspiration for the board game, Monopoly, which you can see by all the matching street names.
‘Atlantic City’ Explained
Developers viewed the location of Atlantic City as prime real estate because of its location in South Jersey. In 1853, the Belloe House, was the first commercial hotel to be built in the city, which is located at the Massachusetts and Antantic Avenue intersections.
Atlantic City offers visitors and residents alike small town charm with all the excitement of a big city casino resort.
Atlantic City became incorporated in 1854, which is the same year the Camden and Atlantic Railroad train service started, which was a direct link to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1870, the first boardwalk was built to help hotel owners keep their lobbies sand-free. Every year at the end of peak tourist season, the boardwalk was taken apart and removed. By 1874, there were half a million passengers visiting Atlantic City by rail.
The boardwalk became so popular, that in the years following, it was expanded in both length and width. Before the 1944 Great Atlantic Hurricane that destroyed the original boardwalk, it was 7 miles long.
Atlantic City became so popular by 1878 that one railroad could no longer capacitate the growing demand, which led to the construction of the Philadelphia and Atlantic City Railway to help transport tourists to the city.
By this time, massive hotels and small rooming houses were springing up all over Atlantic City.
In 1976, New Jersey residents voted in favor of casino gambling and on May 26, 1978 the first legal casino in the eastern United States was opened to the public. Soon, other casinos were constructed along the Boardwalk, and in the marina district, where 11 still exist today.