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