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This Elephant Is Not Endangered Victorian Relic Built in 1881 Is the Pride of Beach Town Series: Charles Hillinger's America
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Hillinger, Charles
Date: Dec 29, 1985
Start Page: 7
Section: View; 6; View Desk
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[James V. Lafferty] conceived, designed and took a year to construct [Lucy] at a cost of $38,000, completing the awesome pachyderm in 1881. His real estate office was in Lucy's stomach and he auctioned off lots from Lucy's 65-foot-high howdah.

The gimmick worked; Margate was launched. By 1887 Lafferty had sold all his lots and he sold Lucy to Sophie and John Gertzen who built an ornate hotel next to Lucy. The elephant-shaped structure was called the Elephant Hotel.

The committee was formed in 1968, the year the Gertzen family donated the battered beast to the city. Two years later Lucy was moved two blocks to vacant city property designated as a park for Lucy the Margate Elephant. The Elephant Hotel was razed in 1972.

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