lucy the elephant

April 6, 2010

Today marks the opening day for guided tours of Lucy the Elephant in Margate, New Jersey. Lucy is a 129 year old, 90 ton, 65 foot tall wooden elephant. Born in 1881, she is considered America’s oldest roadside attraction. James Vincent de Paul Lafferty, Jr. is the creator of Miss Lucy. He wanted to attract visitors and buyers to South Atlantic City. I am not really sure why he thought a giant elephant would attract people to the area but it actually kind of worked. In 1976, Lucy became a National Historic Landmark. However, Lucy’s life has never been easy. In 1969, Lucy was almost destroyed but protests and fundraisers by the Save Lucy Committee saved her. They were able to renonvate and relocate Lucy, but the struggles remain. Maintaining Lucy is very costly and the Save Lucy Committee continues to work hard to raise money to keep Lucy from falling apart. I think this would be a great attraction to visit if you are in the Jersey area. Something different and fun!

Lucy the Elephant

Admission fee: Adults $4.00, Children $3.00
Address: 9200 Atlantic Avenue, Margate, NJ 08402
Website: http://www.lucytheelephant.org/
Phone: 609-823-6473
Send donations to: Save Lucy Committee, Inc., P.O. Box 3336, Margate, NJ 08402



  1. how is she falling apart? what are the maintenance costs? what is inside of her?

    • lucy is prone to a lot of rust and rot. also they want to improve the interior to make it more attractive to visitors. the inside is kind of like a museum that you can walk around.

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