Saturday, September 7, 2013

Lucy the Elephant in New Jersey


Lucy the Elephant
"Lucy" is a National Historic Landmark.  She was built in 1881 by James Lafferty.  Lucy stands six stories tall and weights 90 tons.  Lucy was used as a function building.  Now visitors can tour inside for a small fee.

unused, from 2013

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Lucy the Elephant is a six-story elephant-shaped example of novelty architecture, constructed of wood and tin sheeting in 1881 by James V. Lafferty in Atlantic County, New Jersey in an effort to sell real estate and attract tourism.

Today, this is a tourist attraction. Guided tours take visitors into the building through the spiral staircase in the left rear leg up into the interior, then up again into the howdah to see views of Margate, the Atlantic City skyline, and the Atlantic Ocean.

3 comments:

ONeal said...

I admit it, I would love to see this in person! :)

Brenda Perez said...

me too :D - one of these days hubby and I will make it out there.

luvlinens said...

Sooner or later everyone "Loves Lucy"
It would be fun to visit her. I posted a card of her myself one year ago today Sept. 8th. http://luvlinens.blogspot.com/2012/09/i-love-lucy.html
some coincidence. She is just too great to be forgotten.