Atlantic City has been a resort destination since the 1850s, with its famous boardwalk being built in 1870. It has been a hub since then because of its location by the ocean, the Miss America Pageant, and later, gambling. The railroad that went directly from Philadelphia to AC helped the burgeoning city grow as a tourist destination and the building of the Atlantic City Expressway furthered that growth. Take a look at some of these vintage pictures and relive AC’s glory.

Beach goers in Atlantic City circa 1985

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Political boss Nucky Johnson, the inspiration for the HBO series, Boardwalk Empire

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The AC Boardwalk in 1935

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Sailors on leave in 1945

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The Steel Pier in 1947

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Miss America parade of 1953

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The 1959 Miss America pageant

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The Marlborough Hotel

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Miss America, 1955

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A segregation protest in 1960

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Seascape with distant lighthouse

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Atlantic City boardwalk circa 2016

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