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The New York Times
April 9, 1914

Good Roads Prevail on Popular Easter Run, Says A. C. A.—Other Auto News.

Road conditions to Atlantic City, which is a popular Easter objective point for motorists, are described as good by the bureau of tours of the Automobile Club of America.  The run takes one into a section of southern New Jersey which is comparatively little known, but good doing predominates in the round trip of three hundred and thirty-odd miles.  Indeed, the only poor stretches are those near New York City.  The trip has the additional attraction of taking one into a region which a touch of Spring is apt to be found several weeks before its arrival in New York.  In order to make the Atlantic City run, the motorist should follow the main-traveled trunk line by way of Staten Island to Lakewood.  The Staten Island roads will be found in good shape, but after leaving Perth Amboy there are some rough stretches to Freehold.  The road then passes through the Pine Belt to Lakewood, which makes a convenient luncheon stop.

From this point the road turn gradually toward the coast through Tom's River and Forked River until, at Waretown, it is very near the beach.  Here a fine view of the ocean may be had in clear weather.  Waretown is directly opposite Barnegat Inlet.  Concrete Bridges which have been built recently by the New Jersey State Highway Department carry one safely across the many small streams, locally dignified by the name "rivers," which will be met from this point on.  The route is through Barnegat Cedar Run, West Creek, Port Republic, Oceanville and Absecon to Pleasantville, where the Atlantic City Boulevard is met.  This gives a run of six miles into that city.

There are a number of interesting runs which may be taken from the resort.  That to Philadelphia, sixty-two miles, is over a fine gravel road which has a nearby straight course from Abosecon through Egg Harbor City, Hammonton, Berlin, Kirkwood, and Magnolia to Camden.  If one prefers to tour in the typical South Jersey country, he may keep straight on at Pleasantville, instead of taking on the boulevard, on good gravel road to May's Landing, on the banks of Great Egg Harbor, and from there, through sparsely settled country which bears a marked resemblance to parts of Georgia, to Doughby and Millville.  From this point the road runs through a famous peach-growing section to Bridgeton.  Interesting villages on the same road are Shiloh, Greenwich, Buena Vista, an oyster shipping town, and Bay Side, where the industry of sturgeon fishing may be seen.

It will be found convenient to make the second night's stop in Philadelphia, and the return to New York may be made on the third day over any of several familiar routes, of which the Princeton route gives excellent going at this season.  The Essex-Hudson Lincoln Highway, as the old Plank Road is now called, gives a fine run from Newark to the Hudson County Boulevard.


R. E. Olds, President of one of the large motor companies, who was in New York yesterday after a stay in Florida, was much enthused over the automobile outlook.  He said that his observation of agricultural conditions throughout the country led him to believe that industrial conditions could not be much disturbed, and added he believed the whole trend of the industry was upward.


"Automobile Row" heard yesterday that E. J. Moon had become general manager of the Moon Motor Car Company of Chicago and that James W. Gilson had become associated with the L. P. C. Motor Company of Racine, Wis., makers of the new Lewis "six."

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