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Mackinac Island

Old Round Island Point Lighthouse

Also known as the Old Round Island Point Lighthouse, the Mackinac Island Lighthouse rises above uninhabited Round Island in the Straits of Mackinac, which stretch between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Put into service in 1896, the lighthouse helped guide vessels around the dangerous shoals lining the channel. Today visitors can see restored living quarters and climb to the top of the tower.


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Originally cooked up to extend tourist season past Labor Day, the Miss America competition began as a 2-day beauty contest on September 7, 1921. After 6 years in Las Vegas, the competition returned to Atlantic City in 2013. 960 1280

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Atlantic City: The Beginning

Located in South Jersey along the Atlantic Ocean, the beachfront property was viewed as prime real-estate for a potential resort town. The city was incorporated in 1854, but it saw a huge building boom during the early 20th century. 960 1280

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Atlantic City's Golden Age

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Upon arriving in Atlantic City by train, guests were taken to the United States Hotel. Owned by the railroad, the United States hotel was not only the first hotel in Atlantic City, but the largest in the country housing over 2,000 guests. 960 1280

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Opened in 1898, the Steel Pier billed itself as "The Showplace of the Nation" and was one of the largest and most famous attractions in Atlantic City. One tourist trap in the early 20th century was horse diving, introduced by William "Doc" Carver. Today, Steel Pier still functions as an amusement pier across from Trump Taj Mahal. 960 1280

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Opening on June 26, 1870, the Atlantic City Boardwalk was one of the first boardwalks in the country. Running southwest from Absecon Inlet to Ventnor City, the boardwalk has been home to several piers and notable attractions including Boardwalk Hall, formerly known as the "Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall." 960 1280

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The Hotel Boom and Bust

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Monopoly City

In the US version of the popular board game properties are named after places in and around Atlantic City. Little known fact: Marvin Gardens, the leading yellow property on the board, is actually a misspelling of the original location name "Marven Gardens." 960 1280

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The Tropicana

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