Sunday, August 18, 2013

Lucy the Elephant

Lucy the Elephant
"Lucy" is a National Historic Landmark.  She was built in 1881 by James Lafferty.  Lucy stands six stories tall and weights 90 tons.  Lucy was used as a function building.  Now visitors can tour inside for a small fee.

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Lucy the Elephant is a six-story elephant-shaped example of novelty architecture, constructed of wood and tin sheeting in 1881 by James V. Lafferty in Atlantic County, New Jersey in an effort to sell real estate and attract tourism.

Today, Lucy is a tourist attraction. Guided tours take visitors into the building through the spiral staircase in the left rear leg up into the interior, then up again into the howdah to see views of Margate, the Atlantic City skyline, and the Atlantic Ocean.

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