In 1938, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce opened its doors to serve the businesses and community of the Grand Strand. Decades later, the chamber's vision to promote, protect and improve business throughout the area is strong and thriving. To commemorate 75 years of service and leadership, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber is planning many activities and tributes for the upcoming months. We hope you will celebrate with us!
To celebrate 75 years of history, MBACC is inviting members and the community to share their "75 Defining Moments in Grand Strand History." We started the list and want you to add to it - email your memories and we'll post them to the site.
Look Back on 75 Years of Chamber History
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75 Defining Moments in Grand Strand History
1. Unique style and incredible number of miniature "carpet" golf courses that multiplied from 1930-1970s.
2. Home to the birth of the shag phenomenon in the 1930s.
3. Worst hurricane in the history of Myrtle Beach, Hurricane Hazel, in 1954.
4. Myrtle Beach's 1.2 mile oceanfront boardwalk. The groundbreaking was held
May 15, 2010.
5. During the 1940s, the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base was established and used for training and coastal patrols during World War II. The base was closed in 1993.
6. The Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park entertained generations of families for 58 years being voted #1 Family Attraction in Myrtle Beach by the Travel Channel. The old Pavilion Amusement Park featured more than 40 rides ranging from the kiddie variety to the one known as Hurricane Category 5, the largest wooden roller coaster in South Carolina.
7. The Attic, rebuilt in 1948, used reinforced concrete walls, the first structure of its kind along the Grand Strand. It weathered Hurricane Hazel, which in 1954 destroyed much of Myrtle Beach's oceanfront, and it was this building that remained in use until it was demolished in late 2006.
8. The band Alabama wrote "Dancin', Shaggin' on the Boulevard" in June 1997 about their days of playing in the clubs of Myrtle Beach. The song peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in September 1997.
9. 1986 - The first lazy river was constructed at the Coral Beach Resort by Hucks Pool Co., sparking the trend of hotel/motel type water attractions as an added feature for tourists.
10. Myrtle Beach's only castle: In June 1995, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament dropped its drawbridge in Myrtle Beach. As Myrtle Beach's only 11th century style castle, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is now celebrating 18 action-packed years in Myrtle Beach!
11. Springmaid Beach Resort - Colonel Elliot White Springs was a WWI fighter pilot and ace who, in 1931, inherited from his father Colonel Leroy Springs, six cotton mills with 5,000 employees, 7,500 looms, and 300,000 spindles valued at $7,250,000. In the 1940s and 50s his risqué marketing of the Springmaid brand became legendary in the advertising world and made Springmaid a household name. As part of a commitment to provide recreational facilities and programs to the people who worked in the cotton mills, he decided to build affordable accommodations and recreational facilities for his employees. . In 1948, Springmaid Beach opened to provide oceanfront recreational opportunities for those employees.
12. Myrtle Beach State Park, has been serving the community for over the past 77 years. In July of 1936, Myrtle Beach State Park was open to the public and incorporated before the city.
13. 1995 - Legends In Concert the "World's Greatest Live Tribute Show" direct from Las Vegas opened. Now celebrating 18 years entertaining fans along the Grand Strand.
14. Email us a Defining Moment in Grand Strand History
|Photo courtesy of Jack Thompson|