Aerial Views of Beach Haven from the 1920s and 1930s
This images of Beach Haven were from aerial surveys from 1920 and 1933.
The government did several aerial surveys of the New Jersey Coast. This picture was from a survey in the 1920’s or 1930’s. Most of the development, with the exception of some buildings on Dock Road, was on the ocean side.
(#1) shows the trolley that led diagonally from the Docks at the end of Dock Road to the Hotel Baldwin (#2). The Baldwin burned to the ground in the 1960s. (#3) is the original location of the old Engleside Hotel
This photos are from the US Army Corps of Engineers.
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Below is an image from a 1920 aerial survey. If the images are categorized correctly at the Army Corps of Engineers site, it appears that the 1920’s images are higher quality. Most likely they were from the original negatives instead of prints.
You can see the turn around for the trains. Actually, there are two turn arounds. The original was on the ocean side. However, as real estate values on the ocean side increased, a turn around was build on the bay side and the ocean side was abandoned. The railroad ran a few hundred feet west of the Boulevard and terminated where the Silver Sun Mall is now at Station Avenue and third street.
Below is a closeup showing the Beach Haven Railroad Station and the turn arounds for the trains