Skip to Content
HomeAbout this siteHelpSearch this site The Library of Congress
America's Story from America's LibraryMeet Amazing AmericansJump Back in TimeExplore the StatesJoin America at PlaySee, Hear and Sing
Jump Back in Time Reconstruction (1866-1877)
Rolling Chairs on the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Rolling chairs on the boardwalk in Atlantic City

Enlarge this image
The Atlantic City Boardwalk
June 26, 1870

You could stroll down the famous boardwalk and shop, eat saltwater taffy, or sit in an elegant restaurant. Alexander Boardman, a railroad conductor, thought up the idea of constructing a wooden walkway from the beach into town as a means of keeping sand out of the hotels. On June 26, 1870, the first section of the Atlantic City boardwalk opened along the New Jersey beach. It was eight feet wide and one mile long. Soon the walkway was extended and stretched to five miles long. By 1884, if you didn't want to walk, you could travel along the boardwalk in a rolling chair. The rolling chair was the only vehicle allowed on the boardwalk.

Can you think of an event that happens each year in Atlantic City today?

Back page 2 of 3 Next

Library Of Congress | Legal Notices | Privacy | Site Map | Contact Us