This is our beautifully detailed, laser engraved and precision cut Map of Atlantic City in Atlantic County, New Jersey with the following interesting stats carved into it:
"Gambling Capital of the East Coast"
Incorporated on May 1, 1854
Monopoly - Atlantic City (sometimes referred to as "Monopoly City" has become well-known over the years for its portrayal in the U.S. version of the popular board game, Monopoly in which properties on the board are named after locations in and near Atlantic City.
While the original incarnation of the game did not feature Atlantic City, it was in Indianapolis that Ruth Hoskins learned the game, and took it back to Atlantic City.
After she arrived, Hoskins made a new board with Atlantic City street names, and taught it to a group of friends, who ultimately passed in on to Charles Darrow who made some modifications to the game and claimed it as his own invention.
Marvin Gardens, the leading yellow property on the board, is actually a misspelling of the original location name, "Marven Gardens". The misspelling was said to have been introduced by Charles Todd and passed on when his home-made Monopoly board was copied by Charles Darrow and thence Parker Brothers.
It was not until 1995 that Parker Brothers acknowledged this mistake and formally apologized to the residents of Marven Gardens for the misspelling, although the spelling error was not corrected.
Some of the actual locations that correspond to board elements have changed since the game's release. Illinois Avenue was renamed Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in the 1980s. St. Charles Place no longer exists, as the Showboat Casino Hotel was developed where it once ran.