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1860, Atlantic City, Civil War, Showboat Casino, U. S. Grant, United States Hotel -

In the late 1860s and early 1870s, railroad companies, summer cottagers and business leaders lured national figures to visit Atlantic City. The city picked up the tab for the VIP visitors and provided free transportation to and from the resort. Businessmen and hotel workers extended every possible courtesy to ensure their happiness. The United States Hotel took up a full city block between Atlantic, Pacific, Delaware, and Maryland (the current site of the Showboat Parking lot). These grand hotels were not only impressive in size, but featured the most updated amenities, and were considered quite luxurious for the time. President...

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