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Lucy the Elephant

Margate, New Jersey

Lucy the Elephant
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Lucy was in such bad shape in the 1960's that she was scheduled for demolition, but the "Save Lucy" campaign raised enough money to have her restored and moved to her present location. She became a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

Lucy is six stories tall.

Built in 1882, Lucy was the first of several giant elephants built by James V. Lafferty.

Lucy is an example of zoomorphic architecture. That means she is shaped like an animal.

The structure has been a restaurant, an office, a cottage and a tavern, but never a hotel as is popularly believed.

Lucy's head and ears are that of an Asian Elephant. Lucy also has tusks, which are only found on male Asian Elephants.

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