Sunday, August 19, 2012

Zoomorphic Building/Zippy the Pinhead Location - Lucy The Elephant - Margate City, NJ

Lucy The Elephant
"Tusk, Tusk"
Margate City, NJ

GPS: N39° 19.246; W074° 30.685

Link to Zippy the Pinhead Comic Strip

Short Description: 

Lucy the Elephant has been a famous attraction in Margate, NJ since 1882.

Long Description:

Lucy the Elephant is a 65' high, 60' long, and 18' wide, building made of wood and tin sheeting that weighs about 90 tons. Construction of this huge elephant structure, by James V. Lafferty, began in 1881. It was a promotional endeavor to sell real estate and attract tourism to the area south of Atlantic City, NJ.

Over its long history Lucy has been used as a hotel, restaurant, business office, cottage, and tavern. Today, she is a roadside tourist attraction. Visitors can tour inside Lucy and climb a spiral staircase to reach the observation platform on howdah perched on Lucy's back.

Lucy the Elephant is located at 9200 Atlantic Avenue, Margate City, New Jersey. She is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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