History

A little historical background goes a long way…

“Murder at the Alcazar”–St. Augustine, 1907

Henry Flagler built two grand hotels in the late 1880s. Both are still in use. The Ponce de Leon Hotel is home to Flagler College; the Alcazar Hotel is now the Lightner Museum.

People playing golf by Fort Marion – Saint Augustine, Florida. 1902. Black & white photoprint, 6 x 8 in. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.
A view from the tower at the Ponce showing the Alcazar and to its left, the Annex, now Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Florida Memory.

The former Casino Pool, the largest indoor pool in the world at the time, is now the site of the Alcazar Cafe.

Sign at the Lightner Museum.
Sculpture beside steps at former Ponce de Leon Hotel Ladies Entrance, now Flagler College. Photo by me.
Entrance to Flagler College, formerly know as The Ponce. My photo.

“The Right Touch” takes place in one of these–Railroad Suburbs

An overview of suburbanization in the United States, 1830 to 1960, U.S. National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

Haddon Heights, N.J. —“The Ideal Suburb”

“Silver Linings”–Haddon Hall, Atlantic City, 1921

Haddon Hall was one of two Quaker Hotels on North Carolina Ave. and the Boardwalk built soon after the Civil War. Both structures underwent extensive renovations over the years. Haddon Hall is currently Resorts Casino Hotel. The other, the Chalfonte, was demolished in 1980. More information here. Photos from Atlantic City Boardwalk on my Pinterest.

Haddon Hall, Postcard, early 1900s
Haddon Hall, Atlantic City, June, 1920, view from the Boardwalk
1921 advertisement, Haddon Hall on the right
 December, 1921, Haddon Hall under construction.
Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, formerly Haddon Hall, my photo, 2015.
Window detail, Resorts Casino, my photo. 2015.

Who doesn’t want to know more about the N.J. Electrified Railroad, 1906-1931?

  • West Jersey and Seashore Railroad
  • 650 volt DC
  • Camden to Atlantic City via Newfield
  • See SJRAIL.com for more information.

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