by Paul See
the Past Alive
you know that sand wasn’t always abundant
on Seaside’s beach? A hundred years ago, teams of horses pulled
large drag scoops full of sand to the rocky beach-front near the
present turnaround, to accommodate each summer’s crowd of sunbathers.
you know that in the year 1905 Seaside had a total population
of 851 souls? By 1930, the population had grown to 1525. The 1990
census records 5580 full-time residents with as many as 28,000 visitors
during the summer months.
you know that between 25 and 30 thousand people attended the dedication
of Seaside’s unique Promenade on August 7, 1921?
It was designed by City Engineer L.C. Rogers and built by contractor
J.H. Tillman at a total cost of under $200,000. The fact that it
has remained stable after 70 years is a grand tribute to the expertise
of these two men.