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Photos of the Week


Friday, October 29, 2010


As cities go, Myrtle Beach is just a teenager.  The aerial images below are of a Memorial Day parade downtown in May 1942, barely four years after Myrtle Beach became an official town.  The photos were donated to the city by the late John Singleton, in whose honor Carolina Bays Parkway (SC 31) is named.  If you don't recognize the scenery from 68 years ago, handy descriptions are provided below each image.   

Looking east along Main Street.  The road from the bottom right is Broadway Street (Highway 15).  Present-day US 501 would not be built for six more years.  Pier 14 is visible in the top left.

Looking east at what we call the Pavilion site.  That's Main Street curving up from the bottom right, and the two vertical streets are Eighth and Ninth Avenues North.  On the left, Main Street intersects with Kings Highway and Ninth Avenue North.  At the top, near the middle of the photo, is the second of three Pavilions to occupy the oceanfront site.  That Pavilion, at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Eighth Avenue North, burned in December 1944.

Looking west, with Ninth Avenue North at the center of the photo.  Again, the Pavilion of that period, built in 1923, is shown in the bottom left, at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Eighth Avenue North.  After it burned in 1944, it was replaced in 1949 with the concrete Pavilion that we remember.  In the middle of the photo, near the top, the Methodist Church and the Train Depot are visible. Both still exist.

Looking east, with Eighth Avenue North on the right. The Myrtle Beach Train Depot is visible at the bottom left.  The two predominant horizontal roads in this photo are Broadway Street and Main Street. Also visible are Oak Street, Kings Highway and Ninth Avenue North.

Looking southwest along Main Street.  The intersecting road at top right is Broadway Street.  Note that Main Street doesn't extend west as US 501 because US 501 did not exist in 1942.  Broadway (Highway 15) was the main road to Conway and points west.

A slightly expanded view of the same image showing Kings Highway and the neighborhood to the south of Main Street.

Looking down on the Pavilion from the ocean side.  At left is the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Eighth Avenue North.  A few of the rides, including the Ferris wheel, are visible to the Pavilion's north. 

Looking east from downtown.  The three-way intersection near the bottom middle is Main Street (on the right), Kings Highway (on the left) and Ninth Avenue North (going to the beach).  The Methodist Church is visible at the bottom left.  Pier 14 is visible at the top left.

Looking down on Ocean Boulevard from the east.  The intersection at left is Ocean Boulevard and Ninth Avenue North.

Looking west, just north of Main Street.  The wide diagonal road is Broadway Street.  The divided road in the foreground is Kings Highway.  The near point of the triangle formed by Broadway, 10th Avenue North (to the right) and Oak Street is where City Hall eventually will be built.  The Methodist Church is shown on the right, as is the Myrtle Beach Train Depot (above and to the left of the church.)

Looking west along Ninth Avenue North.  Main Street is the road to the top left.  The Myrtle Beach Train Depot is visible in the top right.

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