When I was a kid I had the pleasure of going to Asbury Park. The beach, the boardwalk, the amusements, it was my Shangri-La. Last night on the 4th of July I was teleported back to that very happy time in my life.
The American boardwalk was born in Atlantic City in the late 1800s. Eight feet wide, one foot high and a mile long, the original boardwalk was open to the public on June 26, 1870 and has been a popular location for tourists ever since.
Here's a look back at some postcards and photos from the early years in Atlantic City.