The Bedloe House was one of Atlantic City’s first hotels, already open for business when the city was incorporated in 1854. Two years prior, Thomas Bedloe, an Irishman living in Philadelphia, caught wind of the new plan to built a railroad from the city to the Jersey shore. Eager to take advantage of the tourism industry that would result, Bedloe made his way to Absecon Island with enough cash to build a hotel at Massachusetts and Atlantic Avenues. He was issued the first hotel and liquor licenses in Atlantic City, but the fact that the railroad had not yet been finished meant that all building materials for the Bedloe House had to be brought to the island by schooners. Once Atlantic City established itself as a prominent vacation resort, the Bedloe became popular as well. It existed for nearly fifty years before it was torn down in 1902. Almost all of Atlantic City’s original hotels met the same fate at the turn of the twentieth century.   H084.Souvenir003
 

For more information, see these resources in the Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City Heritage Collections:

Local History Subject Files – Hotels
City Directories
“Annals of Absegami, Vol. 2” Heston Coll. 974.984Hes

 In this 1889 image, the Bedloe House is one of many hotels lining the wide, unpaved Atlantic Avenue at center. The Bedloe is the white building directly across Atlantic Avenue from the Hotel Albion.
From the Atlantic City Heritage Collections, H084.Souvenir003.

 

 

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