The New Jersey Shore - 20 Fun Facts

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1.  The Atlantic City Boardwalk is the oldest in the U.S. and the longest in the world.

2.  Cape May is the oldest seashore resort in the U.S.

3.  Mount Mitchill in Atlantic Highlands is the highest point on the Eastern Seaboard south of Maine, rising 266 ft. above sea level.

4.  There are 18 boardwalks in NJ (albeit some small, but some quite large)

5.  Famous Lucy the Elephant in Margate NJ was built in 1881, standing 6 stories tall.

6.  There are more than 1,000 known shipwrecks off the NJ coast.

7.  The Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in the U.S. - opened on June 11, 1764.

8.  Atlantic City is the original home the Miss America Pageant

9.  Ocean City, NJ is a dry city - no alcohol is sold within it's borders.  The Travel Channel named OCNJ the #1 family beach in the country.

10.  In 1976, NJ voters made gambling legal.  The first casino, Resorts International opened in 1978.

11.  There is only 1 road connecting New Jersey's mainland to LBI.  Route 72 is the only road onto the Island.  A railroad bridge was built in 1886, but was washed out in 1935.

12.  The 1st Postcards in the U.S. were printed in 1893 and featured color views of Atlantic City.

13.  Beachwood, NJ was settled as part of a newspaper promotion.  The 1914 New York Tribune promotion offered parcels of land in the area in exchange for a subscription.

14.  In 1943, the New York Yankees held their spring training in Asbury Park instead of Florida because rail transport had to be conserved during the war.

15.  The coast of modern day Wildwood Crest is the location of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Cape May County.  Fought on June 29, 1776, the battle was an important early victory for the Continental Navy.

16.  Atlantic City's Steel Pier was first opened in 1898.

17.  Sandy Hook's Gunnison Beach is home to New Jersey's only legal Nude Beach.

18.  Seaside Heights is resilient!  The boardwalk was rebuilt after a 1955 fire, Hurricane Sandy and another fire in 2013.

19.  The first seaplane was built in Keyport, NJ.

20.  In 1976, Cape May, NJ was declared a National Historic Landmark City.  A canal runs from Cape May's harbor to the Delaware Bay, making Cape May an island.

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