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Mantoloking Borough


Mantoloking Borough Hall is located at 202 Downer Avenue, Mantoloking, NJ 08738; phone: 732-899-6600.

Mantoloking as described in 1939 [1]

Mantoloking was founded in 1878 by real estate promoters and had many wealthy summer residents. Along the lower edge of the town weathered, shingle houses with varicolored shutters face the bay and the ocean. Since no lawn will flourish in the sand, topsoil must be imported or a rectangle of yellow gravel must be substituted for a lawn. Near a causeway crossing the bay is a prosperous shipbuilding yard. The town has the largest fleet of 15-footers in the Barnegat Racing Association.

Every morning of the year at about 3 o'clock, large fishing boats, manned chiefly by Scandinavians, set out for the nets about 1-1/2 miles offshore. The catch, which may contain everything from tuna and an occasional swordfish to bluefish and weakfish, is brought in about five hours later. The boats are pulled out of the water by a block and tackle over an A-frame, with the aid of a team of horses.

  1. Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of New Jersey, New Jersey: A Guide to Its Present and Past, American Guide Series, The Viking Press, 1939, New York
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