by Paul See
the Past Alive
you know that the first bridge across the Necanicum near present
downtown Seaside was built in the 1870s, mostly of driftwood?
E.M. Grimes built it to accommodate vacationers, who otherwise had
to walk nearly a mile south to cross the river in the vicinity of
Holladay’s Seaside House.
you know that the second bridge across the Necanicum near downtown
Seaside crossed diagonally from the present Broadway on the east
to Ocean Way on the west? And that a gate was required on the west
side to prevent livestock from wandering into the pine-grove campsites
near the beach?
you know that in 1913 it was possible to telephone New York
from Seaside, at a cost of twenty dollars for three minutes? It also
took an average of one hour for operators to complete the maze of