A look at Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Gone but not forgotten

Gone but not forgotten:  The history of LBI includes landmarks that have disappeared. The Lucy Evelyn was a schooner that was beached as a store in Beach Haven. She burned in the 1970’s. The Hotel Baldwin was a grand hotel in Beach Haven. The Baldwin also fell to fire. The Engleside and Parry House were large Victorian Hotels that are now gone. In an earlier time, Bond’s guest house was a favorite of visitors.  In Barnegat Light The Sunset Hotel and the Oceanic Hotel were in their glory.

A railroad ran from Tuckerton south to Beach Haven and North to Barnegat Light.

In recent times, businesses and landmarks have come and gone.

 

The Acme Bar in Beach Haven.

The Acme was one of the hottest bars on LBI during the 1970’s.

The Ketch was once the Acme Hotel, Bar and Restaurant. During it’s heyday it was a favorite of celebrities such as Babe Ruth. It was also allegedly a speakeasy during prohibition. When the revenuers were on their way, the stash of not so legal booze could be dropped into the bay.  Continue reading

The Tuckerton – Long Beach Island Railroad.

A railroad once ran to Long Beach Island. Once on the island, the tracks split. One line went north to Barnegat Light and the other went south to Third Street in Beach Haven.  You may have wondered about the extra lanes on the boulevard. These were where sidings were for the railroad. When the automobile bridge was opened, the new boulevard followed the railroad. It had to go around the sidings. Today they are simply a place for extra parking.

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