Seaside History

Dedicated to the Promenade

August 7, 2013 | by Nate Burke

August 7, 1921 was a big day in Seaside.  The 1.5 mile Promenade had recently been completed in 1920, and to kick off the achievement, the Prom was formally dedicated in a ceremony that brought thousands of people to town. As you can see from the photo, folks flocked to the area for the proceedings. Oregon State dignitaries and politicians traveled from the capitol to give grand speeches and join the throngs of merry makers.  In 1921 this was essentially the largest crowd of visitors Seaside had seen.  The spirit of the times was keenly felt: parades, cornet and trumpet orchestras, fox-trotting into the wee hours at the dance halls on Broadway. The jazz age was in full swing and added to the festive, colorful proceedings.
It’s been nearly 92 years since the dedication and the Promenade continues to be a distinctive destination for visitors. For locals, it acts as the town square – where every time you venture down the vintage lamp-lit walk, you are nearly guaranteed to run into someone you know.

Leave a Reply

and so much more!

Broadway Field is a Community Gem

Renovated Broadway Field is a community gem

Learn More
Boogie Nights

A look at Seaside's old dance hall and skating rink

Learn More
Times of Change…

Seasons of change in nature and life.

Learn More
Where to P.L.A.Y. in Seaside

The park is nestled next to Neawanna Creek where ducks float lazily by, a tree lined mountainside looming in the distance. Do a 180 and you get a great view of Tillamook Head to the south.

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
Ice cream time in Seaside, Oregon
And the winner is…

Customer Service Awards program in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
Surrey in Seaside
How to Bike Seaside

Our author takes a look at the various ways to bike in and around Seaside, Oregon.

Learn More
I’ll See You at the Nat

A brief look at Seaside history of Natatoriums

Learn More
Family Magazine: Vacation 101

A look at family fun activities on the North Oregon Coast

Learn More
Alcohol Server Training at Clatsop Community College

Alcohol server training certificate at Clatsop Community College in South County Center

Learn More
Seaside Library

A look at the humble beginnings of the Seaside Public Library

Learn More
View from the Pacific Pier

The view circa 1906 of Seaside's old Pacific Pier

Learn More
Painted Rock Beach
Painted Rocks & Secret Spots

Rock beach offers something relatively unknown amongst a beach that's well known

Learn More
Living with Cooler Temperatures

Analyzing the weather in Seaside

Learn More
Holiday Traditions

Recalling Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions on Oregon

Learn More
Find a Beach Path Less Traveled By

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

Learn More
Enjoying the Breaks in Weather

Seaside and Oregon Coast offer unique setting for the rising and setting of the sun.

Learn More
The Spirits of Seaside Inside

Above photo: An old fashioned cask of beer in the historic Seaside Brewery by Jon Rahl, Seaside Visitors Bureau. Seaside has a lot...

Learn More