This page is dedicated to Tom Booth of Long Branch (1951-2019).
Pictures from the City of Long Branch …
They call it “the Friendly City” and it has been a major part of my life. Over the years I’ve lived there and worked there, shopped there and dined there, and have friends and family there.
Long Branch is a city rich in history. As a place offering shore sun and fun it’s had few peers. According to the 1940 book Entertaining a Nation, Long Branch became a national resort hot spot with the visit of First Lady Mary Lincoln in August 1861.
Monmouth Beach and Long Branch have been close neighbors for centuries — two very different communities who share the shore. Beach buddies we are. Just as with Monmouth Beach, I’m always looking for classic imagery of Long Branch. Here are some samples (I claim no ownership of the images — I just track them down and post them):
President Garfield monument in Elberon, 2005.
Stella Maris retreat house on Ocean Avenue, 2009.
Old U.S. Life-Saving Station in West End, 2009.
St. Michael’s Church, 2009.
The Windmill in West End, 2009.
Long Branch beach scene, 1875.
Ocean House Hotel, early 1960s.
Chelsea Pool, 1960s.
Monmouth Medical Center, 1960s.
Brighton Hotel, early 1900s.
Airdrome Movie Theatre, 1917.
Takanassee Lake, 1910.
Phil Daly’s Club House, 1905.
Conte’s Car Wash, 1960s.
Johnson Club House, 1905.
Takanassee Bridge, early 1900s.
New Casino, 1907.
Ocean Avenue in West End, 1910.
Garfield Grant Hotel on Broadway, 1958.
Barron & Jarmon auto dealers on Broadway, 1940s.
Harper’s Weekly image of Long Branch coast, August 1873.
Long Branch Graded School, 1878.
Yvonne’s Rhapsody in Blue and Rendezvous Lounge, early 1970s.
Manahasset Hotel, early 1900s.
San Alfonso Retreat House, early 1900s.
New Atlantic Hotel, 1920s.
Old Elberon Train Station, 1904.
West End Shore Club, 1910.
Neptune Hose Company No. 1, 1905
Park & Tilford store on Brighton Avenue, 1905.
Strollo’s Lighthouse, 2000.
Promenade Beach Club, 2010s.
Old LB City Hall on Broadway, 1905.
Howland Hotel, 1905.
Metropolitan Hotel, late 1880s.
Long Branch beach, 1905.
Gaskin’s Seafood Market in North LB, 1960s.
Brighton Avenue, early 1900s.
Monmouth Memorial Hospital, early 1900s.
Star of the Sea Lyceum, early 1900s.
Long Branch Post Office, 1920s.
Ocean Avenue in North Long Branch, early 1900s.
Scarboro Hotel, early 1900s.
Crammer’s Pavilion swimming pool, 1907.
Hotel Pannaci, early 1900s.
“Shadow Lawn” in Elberon, 1912.
President Grant with family and staff at Long Branch, 1870s.
Dr. Sheehan’s house at The Reservation, 1970s.
Bruce Springsteen in West End, 1970s.
Long Branch train station in West End, late 1900s.
Long Branch train station, late 1900s.
Mansion Hotel along the ocean, late 1800s.
Long Branch Public Library, 1940s.
New Long Branch Mayor and City Council, 2019.
Oliver Byron house near MB-LB border, 1905.
NJ Governor Franklin Murphy and staff in LB, 1905.
West End Casino, 1905.
Ocean Park at corner of Broadway and Ocean Avenue, 1905.
New York Club, 1905.
Steinbach’s department store on Broadway, 1905.
Long Branch pier, late 1800s.
View from Brighton and Ocean Avenues, early 1900s.
Long Branch Stadium, 1950s.
Old Long Branch City Hall, 1940s.
Aladdin’s Palace in Elberon, early 1900s.
Long Branch High School, 1950s.
Long Branch pier area, 1960s.
Church of the Presidents on Ocean Avenue, 2000s.
President James Garfield’s cottage, 1881.
Ocean Avenue in Elberon, late 1800s.
Takanassee Hotel, early 1900s.
St. Michael’s Church in West End, Early 1900s.
Casey Jones Restaurant, 1980s.
Long Branch boardwalk arcade, 1970s.
The Pennsylvania Club, 1905.
The “Reservation” property in North Long Branch, early 1900s.
West End Hotel on Ocean Avenue, 1900.
Chattle High School on Morris Avenue, 1905.
Vogel’s Department Store on Broadway, 1940s.
Ocean House hotel on Ocean Avenue, 1900.
Pier Village, 2010s.
Edwin Booth cottage, late 1800s.
President U.S. Grant cottage, 1933.
“The Bluffs” at Long Branch by Winslow Homer, 1869.
Big Al’s on the boardwalk, 1980s.
Long Branch Pier fire, 1987.
Roller skating at Long Branch Pier, 1980s.
Ad for Blue Dolphin Pub, 1980s.
North End beach, 1980s.
North End beach near MB border, 1980s.
Vinnie’s Hot Dogs on old Ocean Avenue, 1980s.
Chi Chi’s Red Barn on old Ocean Avenue, 1980s.
Tideaway Bar on old Ocean Avenue, 1980s.
Mocean’s Surf Shop on old Ocean Avenue, 1980s.
Beach Plum restaurant on old Ocean Avenue, 1980s.
NJ National Guard armory on old Ocean Avenue, 1980s.
Club Spanky on old Ocean Avenue, 1980s.