Images of America Series, Arcadia Publishing (2004). 128pp. 6.5 x 9.25 inches. Paperback. ISBN-10: 0-7385-1705-4. ISBN-13: 978-0-7385-1705-6.
Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand have become the world's playground. What began over a century ago as local beach rereats between Little River and Georgetown have changed so dramatically that their history is endangered. Wide beaches, warm surf, and abundant wildlife ignited a resort phenomenon that now offers world-class hotels, dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation. This volume retraces the area's progression from Myrtle Beach's humble beginning in 1901 through the middle years of the 20th century to beyond 1954, when Hurricane Hazel crushed the Grand Strand and determined owners rebuilt their resorts with strength and grandeur.
Included among these 240 vintage images are scenes of early dance pavilions, favorite tourist venues, and quaint cottage hotels in old Myrtle Beach. There are yesteryear views of Murrells Inlet and the beaches of Surfside, Garden City, Pawley's Island, and vintage photographs of Ocean Drive and surrounding beaches [Atlantic Beach, Cherry Grove Beach, Crescent Beach, and Windy Hill Beach] in North Myrtle Beach.
Susan Hoffer McMillan, author of two vintage postcard histories on coastal South Carolina, delves deeply into the history of Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand to share her fascination with its past through this unprecedented photograph collection. Whether you recall memories of places in this book or just seek to understand the evolution of Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand, you will enjoy forgotten images that illuminate and preserve the past for future generations.
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