Back in the summer of 2007, while I was working in the United States of America, for 3 ½ months I had plenty of opportunities to visit Atlantic City. The Small Vegas, as it is known, was just an hour away from the small island town where I used to do my daily routines. Therefore, my friends and I seized almost every day off to go there, unwind, buy some diamonds and clothes, and trot its beautiful boardwalks.
I am sure most of you, my readers, have heard of Atlantic City, but you already know that I always provide some basic facts about the place, so here goes.
Situated in the small “Garden State” of New Jersey, Atlantic City is a resort town very well-known for its beaches, boardwalks, and, of course, shiny casinos. It has a relatively small population of around 40,000 people but is dotted with its glitzy nightclubs and ostentatious high-rise hotels. It is pretty obvious, but, yes, the small town is gracefully embracing the Atlantic Ocean.
Curious Historical Facts about Atlantic City
Boardwalks are cool. No doubt about that. 1870 saw the first built boardwalk in the city. Hotel owners’ beautiful effort to keep the sand on the beach and out of their lobbies was successful and soon the boardwalk was further expanded in both width and length. Just before the sweeping Great Atlantic Hurricane in 1944, the boardwalk’s length was 7 miles (11 km).
By the year 1878, many hotels, not impressive in size but utterly opulent, sprung up all over the city.
Salt water taffy! Yes, it was conceived in Atlantic City around the 1880s. For those of you who don’t know what it is – water, sugar, salt, butter, glycerine, corn-starch, and corn syrup unite in a candy which is further infused with different flavourings ranging from watermelon, mint or raspberry through vanilla, banana, and maple to lemon and liquorice. Here is how to prepare it.
The early 20th century observed a construction boom and large hotels replaced the houses dotting the boardwalk.
Modern Atlantic City
Enough with the facts. Contemporary Atlantic City is crisscrossed by large boulevards sternly overlooked by luxurious hotels, housing casinos and spa centres. Okay, one more thing – casino gambling was not legalised until 1974. Along with The Meadows (Las Vegas), both “sin” cities are the only two places where you can legally gamble in the United States.
Time for some photos.
Have you been to The Small Vegas? Did you gamble? How much did you lose? :))