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Friday, July 8, 2022

Most of the Initial Growth Took Place Prior to 1900:
Within One Generation, Lakers transitioned from Tent Camping 
to Cottages, Hotels, and Cafés 

Tent Camping when the SLI Grounds were known as Camp Wesley.

From Tents to Gingerbread Cottages.

Hotels such as the Spencer House or Benderson's mostly on Wesley Ave.
Then there was the Embury Hotel.

Finally better drainage, boardwalks, and going out to dinner at Spencer's Café (on the right). 

The front of the Spencer Café on Wesley Ave. 

As you may have guessed by now, Wesley Avenue was the business district of the facility and included food stores, novelty & snack stores, a book store, and a privately run (original) "post office." Today, the side of the U.S. Post Office is on Wesley Avenue, as is the SLI office and maintenance garage, but the rest of Wesley is all residential.

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