History of
the Grand Strand

South Carolina's Grand Strand is a sixty-mile stretch of coastline that has become one of the top vacation destinations in the United States. The area's spectacular beauty, great climate, and abundance of recreational opportunities draw over 13 million visitors a year.

Until the early 1900's, this region was largely uninhabited. The Burroughs and Collins Company began developing the Myrtle Beach area, building the beach's first hotel, the Seaside Inn. The community was called New Town until the local newspaper held a contest to name the town, and it became Myrtle Beach. Oceanfront lots originally sold here for $25, and buyers received an extra lot for free if they built a house valued at $500 or more.

Development continued through the next few decades. Myrtle Beach's first golf club was built, the Pine Lakes International Country Club. It is the birthplace of Sports Illustrated magazine. A host of resorts began to dot the landscape, and in 1936 the Intracoastal Waterway was opened for boating and commercial shipping.

In 1938 Myrtle Beach incorporated, and became a city in 1957. Hurricane Hazel (in 1954) damaged the area but the end result was a new building boom that has continued to the present day. Golf became a growing industry here in the 1960's, and Myrtle Beach is now known as the Golf Capital of the United States.

In addition to its reputation as a wonderful place to vacation, the region has become a popular real estate relocation and retirement spot. Myrtle Beach and Horry County are ranked the second fastest growing area in the country with golf,swimming,recreation, New Homes, Family friendly communites.

 


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Links to Local Resources:

Chambers of Commerce

              Myrtle Beach Chamber: www.myrtlebeachinfo.com
              North Myrtle Beach Chamber: www.northmyrtlebeachchamber.com
              Conway Area Chamber of Commerce: www.conwayscchamber.com
              Georgetown County Chamber: www.georgetownchamber.com
              Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce: www.sbichamber.com


          Local Government Offices

              Horry County Government: www.horrycounty.org
              The City of Myrtle Beach: www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com
              The City of North Myrtle Beach: www.nmb.us
              The City of Conway: www.cityofconway.com
              Town of Surfside Beach: www.surfsidebeach.org
              Georgetown County: www.georgetowncountysc.org
              The City of Georgetown: www.cityofgeorgetownsc.com
              Brunswick County: www.brunsco.net
              Town of Carolina Shores: www.townofcarolinashores.com
              Town of Calabash: www.townofcalabashnc.com

          Hospitals

              Grand Strand Regional Medical Center: www.grandstrandmed.com
              Seacoast Medical Center: www.lorishealthcaresystem.com/smc.htm
              Conway Medical Center: www.conwaymedicalcenter.com
              Waccamaw Community Hospital:  www.georgetownhospitalsystem.org/oth/Page.asp?PageID=OTH000347
              Georgetown Hospital: www.georgetownhospitalsystem.org/
              Brunswick Community Hospital:  www.brunswicknovant.org/

          Local Public and Private Schools, Colleges

              Horry County Schools: www.hcs.k12.sc.us/newcomer/
              Georgetown County Schools: www.gcsd.k12.sc.us
              Brunswick County Schools: www.brunswickcountyschools.org
              St. Andrew Catholic School: www.standrewcatholicchurch.org
              Horry-Georgetown Technical College: www.hgtc.edu/
              Coastal Carolina University: www.coastal.edu
              Academy for Arts Science and Technology: aast.horrycountyschools.net/
              Bridgewater Academy (Charter): www.bridgewateracademy.org/
              Calvary Christian: ccsmb.com/
              Chabad Academy: www.chabadmb.com/
              Pawleys Island Christian Academy: picapatriots.org/
              Low Country Day School: www.lowcountryprep.org/

          Local Attractions

              Broadway at the Beach: www.broadwayatthebeach.com/
              Brookgreen Gardens: www.brookgreen.org/
              Myrtle Waves: www.myrtlewaves.com/
              Wild Water & Wheels: www.wild-water.com
              Family Kingdom: www.familykingdomfun.com/
              The Palace Theatre: www.palacetheatremyrtlebeach.com/index.cfm
              Myrtle Beach Pelicans Minor League Baseball: web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=t521
              Alabama Theatre: www.alabama-theatre.com/
              Carolina Opry Theatre: thecarolinaopry.com/
              Pirates Voyage: flash.piratesvoyage.com/
              Theatre of The Republic: theatreoftherepublic.com/
              Little Theatre of Georgetown: www.swampfoxplayers.com/

          Shopping

              Coastal Grand: www.coastalgrand.com/shop/coastal.nsf/index
              Market Common: www.marketcommonmb.com/
              Grand Strand Mall: www.GrandStrandMall.com
              Barefoot Landing : www.bflanding.com/
              Websites and Domains: domainaramaonline.com/
              eCommerce Domains and Websites: ecommercetonight.org/
              Myrtle Beach Mall: www.mymallmyrtlebeach.com/
              Hammock Shops Pawleys Island: www.thehammockshops.com/index.cfm
              Downtown Conway: downtownconway.org/
              Downtown Shopping in Georgetown: www.discoverourtown.com/SC/Georgetown/Shopping-178.html
              Georgetwon County Shopping: hammockcoastsc.com/

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