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03-18-2004, 11:15 PM

This is a good website with a variety of information about the city.

One item I have seen on the boardwalk is below.

The New Jersey State Korean War Memorial, located in Brighton Park where Park Place meets the Boardwalk, features a 12-foot high statue of "The Mourning Soldier" clutching dogtags. A group of soldiers "under fire" emerges through a sheet of water just to his left. The back wall of the Memorial, beneath an eternal flame, is engraved with the names of the 822 New Jerseyans who were killed or are still missing in action. Free.
(609) 530-7049

This is worth a visit.

03-10-2008, 10:36 AM
Hope that the website/link that you have given is a good one, shall definitely make it a point to visit later, thnaks for the trouble,:D

12-28-2009, 02:06 AM
Long before Atlantic City was founded, the island where it would be developed, thick with woods and lined with dunes, was the summer home of the Lenni Lenape Indians, an Algonquian-speaking people. These original summer residents named the island Absegami, meaning “little water”, a term for the bay denoting that the opposite shore was in sight. Over time the name was transformed into the present-day Absecon Island. Early colonial settlers in South Jersey largely ignored the island because it could only be reached by boat. While the exact date of the first permanent settlement has never been determined, it is generally agreed that Jeremiah Leeds was the first to build and occupy a year-round residence on the island by 1800.

By 1850, the potential attraction of the island’s cool breezes and beaches was recognized and the idea for developing a resort was first promoted by Dr. Jonathan Pitney, a local physician. With transportation the key to development, Dr. Pitney joined with a group of businessmen to secure a railroad charter in 1852. Two years later, construction of the Camden-Atlantic rail line was completed at a cost of a little over $1.2 million. A civil engineer from Philadelphia, Richard Osbourne, designed the city layout and proposed the name Atlantic City.

In March of 1854, the city was incorporated and eighteen voters elected the first mayor. On July 1, 1854, the first public train left Camden for Atlantic City, arriving two and a half hours later, an arrival that signaled the opening chapter in the resort’s rich and colorful history.