Atlantic City in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Dr. Jonathan Pitney
1797 - 1869
Dubbed the Father of Atlantic City, this Absecon doctor used his influential connections and salesmanship to sell the idea of a seashore resort where Atlantic City now stands. Speaking with Philadelphia movers and shakers, he extolled the praises of the healing powers of salt air and water after Richard Osborn, a Philadelphia civil engineer brought the idea to him. Pitney's salesmanship lured eager capitalists to invest in the Camden and Atlantic Railroad which built the first line to the future Atlantic City. While Pitney pitched the idea for a resort on Absecon Island, Osborne was busy designing the future city. In 1853, he presented the street grid map with the name Atlantic City stitching across the top to a delighted railroad board. Atlantic City was incorporated March 3, 1854. On July 1, of that year, the first train headed for the site of the now famed resort. Since then, the city has flourished, declined, and risen again.
Erected by City of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the New Jersey, City of Atlantic City series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 3, 1854.
Location. 39° 21.525′ N, 74° 26.208′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is at the intersection of Atlantic Ave. and N. Arkansas Ave., on the right when traveling south on Atlantic Ave.. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlantic City NJ 08401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rebecca King (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kylene Barker (about 300 feet away); Susan Perkins (about 400 feet away); Dorothy Benham (about 400 feet away); Jane Jayroe (about 400 feet away); Terry Meeuwsen (about 400 feet away); Deborah Bryant (about 400 feet away); Shirley Cothran (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic City.
Also see . . . Jonathan Pitney (Wikipedia). (Submitted on January 23, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 16, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.