Asbury Park: A Brief History

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The history of Asbury Park is a veritable roller coaster of challenge, triumph and change. In 1871, there was nothing but marshes and sand dunes between the sinful city of Long Branch and the holy haven of Ocean Grove, but for devout Methodist James Bradley, the deserted beachfront was a new Promised Land. Thus, the resort community Asbury Park was born as a wholesome entertainment and relaxation center for middle-class, white Protestant America. From bicycles and baby parades to brawlers and bootleggers, Bilby and Ziegler trace Asbury Park's cycles of transformation from peaceful resort to raucous amusement park, from empty boardwalk to modern, bustling center of business.
ISBN: 9781596296046
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New Jersey
Series: Brief History
Images: 87
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
J oseph G. Bilby received his BA and MA degrees in history from Seton Hall University. He is assistant curator of the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey at Sea Girt and author of nine books on New Jersey and military history, including the recent History Press title Sea Girt, New Jersey: A Brief History. Harry F. Ziegler received his BA in English from Monmouth University and his MEd from Georgian Court University. He is the former managing editor of the Asbury Park Press and is currently an honors English and journalism teacher, news magazine moderator and public relations officer at Bishop George Ahr High School in Edison, New Jersey.
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