Lucy the Elephant is not only a cool roadside oddity, it is packed full of history. Here are 5 facts about New Jersey's beloved elephant.

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    YouTube - Tomorrow Always Comes

    Lucy is one of three.

    Inventor James V. Laffery designed three elephants in the late 1800's. Elephantine Colossus aka Elephant Colossus aka Elephant Hotel in Coney Island, Light of Asia in Cape May, and Lucy the Elephant in Margate. Although the other two didn't last the test of time, Lucy stands tall looking over Margate.

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    Google Maps

    She is the 11th tallest statue in the country.

    Lucy stands at 65 feet tall, 60 feet in length, and 18 feet wide. Lucy is a pretty big girl weighing around 90 tons.

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    Lucy the Elephant/TSM

    Lucy has many uses over the years.

    When Lucy was first built Lafferty used to bring up real estate customers to show them land for sale. The structure was also used as a summer home, a restaurant, and a tavern. The prohibition shut down its use as a tavern.

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    Lucy is a National Historic Landmark.

    In 1976 the structure was designated as such.

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    Lucy the Elephant via Facebook

    Lucy has appeared in many TV shows and movies.

    The famous elephant has been seen/mentioned in The King of Marvin Gardens, Atlantic City, National Lampoon's Vacation, Mister Rodgers' Neighborhood, Life After People, Weird U.S., Boardwalk Empire, Monumental Mysteries.

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