Asbury Park, second home of Bruce Springsteen after his parents moved to California. He was just 16, a young lad wanting to become a star. He played with various groups that entertained there and more recently he has been back. Now with fame and fortune it seems he has made a complete circle. James Bradley of New York purchased 500 acres of shore side land in 1871. He retired here in the woods, along the shore to recooperate from an illness. It was then he decided to turn the acreage into a seashore resort and named the area Asbury Park in honor of Bishop Francis Asbury. Asbury Park became an incorporated city in 1897. It suffered its "ups and downs", fire destroying blocks of property and the plight of the great depression years, all taking it's toll. By the mid 1900's it was acclaimed to be the greatest and finest boardwalk in the world. In the late 1970's it started to decline again. New super highways, Alantic City competition, poor business ventures, and scandals all contributed to a slow but sure death of this resort. Today it is coming back alive. The resurrection is slow but steady. Some buildings are being preserved, some are being destroyed, and some are being restored. There are many projects ongoing to save this resort including the "Save Tillie" project. Displayed are pictures of Asbury Park in different stages of its existance. To read more about Asbury Park, check out the links provided below.
Brucefan is sad to announce The Palace and The Carousel
House came down in Asbury Park on May 26, 2004. There
was no "saving Tillie" after all. A sad day for the Bruce fans.
Update: In an effort to save Tillie, the Wonder Bar
had him removed before the demolishion of the
Palace Arcades. It adorned the Wonder Bar until
its closing. The latest plan is to rebuild the Palace
and place Tillie back in the lime light - 2008
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