"What the Monopoly board looks like in real life."


Wed, Sep 25th, 2013 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

Did you know that the popular game Monopoly has its properties named after real locations in Atlantic City? On the captivating Scouting New York website, a stroll to the actual places compared to those on the game.

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What I didn’t know back then was that the properties in Monopoly were in fact named after the streets of Atlantic City. Monopoly itself has a long and complicated history, but the addition of Atlantic City-based street names can be traced to one Ruth Hoskins. Hoskins had learned a version of the game in Indianapolis, and upon moving to Atlantic City in 1929, made her own copy from scratch naming properties after streets where her friends lived.

This past weekend, I was driving through south Jersey, and decided to make a quick detour through Atlantic City to see what the Monopoly board looks like in real life. Everyone have their tokens picked out?



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