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.

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