I was in Atlantic City Saturday nite and actually came home ahead for the first time in a long time. Of course I took note of some of the history of this resort city that dates back long before gambling came in the late 1970's (legislation signed 1976, first casino - Resorts - opened in 1978.
The game of Monopoly, invented in 1935 by Charles Darrow for Parker Brothers. is based on streets in Atlantic City
Bally's Park Place is actually at the corner of Boardwalk and Park Place. There's an interesting mosaic on the floor of a Ben and Jerry's ice cream store at that corner of the casino that looks something like this:
2 of the current casinos have buildings dating from the 1920's. Resorts was the former Haddon Hall hotel. Both Resorts and Claridge buildings were built in 1929.
Resorts has a display of celebrity hand prints just like in front of Graumann's theater in Hollywood - Frank Sinatra and Cher.
When opened about 15 years ago, the Taj Mahal was the most expensive hotel ever constructed at the time and almost bankrupted Donald Trump.
The 'old' Boardwalk Hall was the arena for the Miss American pageant until about 3 years ago. A plaque commemorates the spot where Gov. Brendan Byrne signed the casino legislation in front of this building in 1976.
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