Seaside History

Boogie Nights

January 16, 2013 | by Nate Burke

In Seaside’s past, there was no better way to cure a case of Saturday Night Fever than a visit to The Bungalow Dance Hall on Broadway.  With a grand opening on June 19, 1920, The Bungalow was the place to be on weekends where everybody could kick up their footloose heels and unleash a repertoire of slick dance moves.  Moves like the turkey trot, the lindy hop, the buzzard lope, the Charleston, and a whole grocery list of nutty and creative jitterbugging that youngsters today wouldn’t even dare attempt.

During the later war years, The Bungalow hosted big name headliners (like Jimmy Dorsey) and also included roller skating on the dance floor, as shown here in a photo from 1943.  A night of raucous roller skating offered red rover, hokey pokey, conga lines (don’t be the one to break the chain!) and the periodic slow burn of a romantic couples skate.

Seaside’s noteworthy Carousel Mall now stands where The Bungalow Dance Hall used to reside.  Unfortunately, roller skating rinks largely went the way of the dinosaur when high-wasted jeans and rompers fell out of style.  Dancing, thankfully, is still quite popular and one can find some lively venues on Broadway at the Twisted Fish and the Shilo Oceanfront Hotel – just don’t engage in any turkey trotting, or you may find yourself confined to a lonely corner of the dance floor.

Leave a Reply

and so much more!

1st Generation Boardwalk: High Definition for the Old Guard

The Promenade started out as a wooden boardwalk that attracted visitors from far

Learn More
Making Seaside Beautiful: Gardens

Seeking help on starting a garden plot sent me in search of Pam Fleming, whose reputation as a resource on Seaside’s Gardens was a bit understated as I was to discover. I met her at the Grand Opening of Back Alley Gardens (find by walking through Natural Nook Florists 734 Broadway).

Learn More
Seaside Elk

I was driving into Seaside, along Highway 101 South, and had just passed the Circle Creek Campsite on the left, when I noticed several cars parked off the side of the road.

Learn More
Bell Buoy of Seaside offers fresh seafood and features ready-to-eat items in an adjacent restaurant.
Can’t-Miss Dungeness Crab Eats

It’s a short journey from ocean to plate in Seaside, especially when it comes to Oregon’s official crustacean: the delectable ...

Learn More
The Best of Times News: The Beach at the End of the Trail

Travel writer for the fabulous 50-and-over set, Andrea Gross, spent some time on Oregon’s North Coast in the summer of 2014....

Learn More
A volunteer assists those watching whales at an unknown location along the Oregon Coast.
Where to Watch for Whales

It’s possible to see gray whales off the Oregon Coast year-round, but one of two peak periods occurs in late March, when some 20...

Learn More
The Seaside Parade of Lights is one of many holiday festivities
Holiday Festivities in Seaside

Seaside is one of the Coast’s most beloved destinations for holiday shopping and seasonal celebrations. Plan a visit around thes...

Learn More
Find a Beach Path Less Traveled By

A Sunday stroll along the beach at 12th Avenue in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
Clamming in Seaside: Then & Now

A brief look at clamming in Seaside and Tillamook Head and a comparison of how they

Learn More
Seaside’s History is an Honored Guest in Its Present

There are many local landmarks that celebrate the rich history of Seaside, a town that has been enjoyed as a popular beach getaway...

Learn More
The Pull of Progress – Seaside in 1921

Postwar Seaside saw a boom in growth and development.

Learn More
Dog Days of Summer in Seaside

Give your dog the time of his life on Seaside's beach.

Learn More
Celebrating Spring

Celebrating spring and the lush wildlife in Seaside and the North Oregon Coast.

Learn More
Seaside Inside for Kids

Seaside is known for a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy during most of the year and it’s not uncommon to have a 60-plu...

Learn More
How to Treasure the Beach

No one owns the Oregon Coast — it belongs to everyone. Thanks to 1967’s landmark Beach Bill, Oregon has some of the most prote...

Learn More
Celebrating the Moms in Our Life

Honoring motherhood through a photo on the beach

Learn More
Buffleheads: Oregon Coast’s Silliest Part-Time Residents

Buffleheads in Seaside, Oregon rivers in winter.

Learn More
An early morning kayak ride

One kayaker's take on an early morning ride into the Necanicum Estuary.

Learn More