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Ocean City New Jersey
Being a placed loved and cherished since its opening, the boardwalk holds a lot of rich history in its wood. As stated previously the boardwalk has always been a place that the community gathers and make memories. Many famous people have walked on the boardwalk such as Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe. The Ocean City community took pride in their boardwalk. Though unfortunately on October 11, 1927, the community lost the boardwalk to a devastating fire. The cause of the fire to this day is still unknown, but the fire destroyed two blocks of the central city boardwalk. That day the community lost: a candy shop, two hotels, residential homes, and an amusement park. The community was heartbroken. Fortunately, not long after the fire Mayor Joseph Champion announced his plan to rebuild the boardwalk and to make it better than ever. After $227,000 spent and a great amount architectural improvements the boardwalk was back open for business which was celebrated with a parade. The actions put forth to rebuild the boardwalk just proves how much the boardwalk means to the community. And still to this day the boardwalk is cherished both by locals and tourists.
Through its religious heritage the town has gotten the reputation of being a clean and safe place for the family. Especially following its methodist background by being a dry town (meaning no alcohol is allowed to be sold nor consumed publicly in the town). And because of its great reputation Ocean City has become a beloved summer vacation for tourists. Ocean City has become very prosperous through its focus on accommodating their visitors. Originally building a railroad and a ferry system to bring vacationers into the island. And hotels and restaurants were built to accommodate the visitors. And most importantly the boardwalk was built to attract tourists and give the community a place to gather and enjoy.
Aftermath of the Fire of 1927. Photograph. Ocean City New Jersey History Museum, Ocean City, NJ.
Boardwalk. Photograph. Ocean City New Jersey History Museum, Ocean City, NJ.
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Community Enjoys Boardwalk. May 24, 2016. Photograph. JSHN, Ocean City, NJ.
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Two Vacationers Enjoying the Beach. Photograph. Ocean City New Jersey History Museum, Ocean City, NJ.
Ocean City, New Jersey 8226
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