National Geographic : 1961 Jul
Sign on the Boardwalk at Atlantic City marks the eastern terminus of U. S. Highway 40. Cutting across the Nation's heart, the road traverses 14 States. Though the fact has noth ing to do with its name, the highway crosses the 40th parallel four times on its route to the Pacific some 3,000 miles away. Dawn's Golden Light Silhouettes Seaside Towers of Atlantic City New Jersey's famous resort entertains 16 mil lion guests a year. Fun seekers and conven tiongoers dine and dance, shop for souvenirs, and promenade along the famous Boardwalk, a busy midway rebuilt in 1957-60. Atlantic City's castles in the sand rise from an island that wages unceasing struggle against the waves' clawing fingers. Sea breezes cool the city in summer; the ocean moderates winter temperatures. Tower at left caps the 350-foot Claridge Hotel. Weekend swimmers throng Atlantic City's beach. Lifeguards rescue some 1,200 bathers each summer. Convention Hall stands at left; Steel Pier juts into the sea at right.