Seaside History

Drilling in Seaside

April 10, 2013 | by Nate Burke

Sand is an ideal substance for training. Your feet tend to sink and your legs burn with the extra effort. For those who have experienced the invigorating challenges of a beach run, one can empathize with workouts that are nothing short of amplified when done in the sand. Consider these soldiers in training from a photo taken during World War I on Seaside’s beach. Folks watched from the old Pacific Pier (which was once located right off of Broadway before being washed away) as the soldiers drilled down in the sands just west of the turnaround.  It looks like a friendly tug-of-war match, but tug-of-war can be a heated test of team strength and will.  Training was of course strenuous during the war years, but it was not drudgery all day for these tough soldiers.  Spirited play was in fact encouraged and a couple of hours a day were set aside for this very purpose.  For instance football games were popular, both for physical exercise and team building.  I only hope these brave men were able to enjoy a little well-earned R&R down on Broadway after all that exertion!

Do you have any stories from this era (either personal or passed on through generations)? Please share them with us by commenting below.

and so much more!

A Beach Bicycle Built for Two

Beach Bike Rentals in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
How to Build a Beach Campfire

It’s a longstanding Seaside tradition: listening to a crackling fire in concert with the crashing of the ocean waves. Campfires ...

Learn More
Times of Change…

Seasons of change in nature and life.

Learn More
Ice cream time in Seaside, Oregon
An Adventure to Share

A winning family vacation in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
Shopper’s Delight: Selnes Grocery

The hustle and bustle of Holiday shopping in Seaside circa 1926 was not nearly the same as it today.

Learn More
Kayakers paddle in the Necanicum Estuary
So Close, But a World Away

A couple explores Seaside as modern-day Lewis and Clark Adventurers

Learn More
Episode One: Grave of the Unknown sailor

The Seaside Audio Walking Tour exploring the mysterious grave of the unknown sailor.

Learn More
Awards Program for Excellence in Customer Service

New Customer Service Awards Program in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
“Fascinated” on Broadway

Fascination has been a staple in Seaside, Oregon since the 1950s.

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
Northwest Travel Magazine: The Fresh Side of Seaside, Oregon

Feature story on Seaside Oregon, highlighting top attractions in Seaside OR

Learn More
Everything but War

An image of a classic World War II sign that point from Seaside to all of the major conflicts raging around the world

Learn More
How to Plan a Romantic Stay in Seaside

Plotting your Valentine’s Day plans? This year swap the heart-shaped box of chocolates and grocery-store flowers for an escape t...

Learn More
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Seaside

Seaside has many treasures “hidden” before our very eyes, ones we may take for granted because we don’t fully grasp their importance.

Learn More
Top Tips for Whale Watching Near Seaside

While it’s possible to see whales all year along the Oregon Coast, visitors tend to flock to Seaside and other coastal communiti...

Learn More
Seaside’s Famous Feathered Citizens

First two weekends of April are filled with bird education

Learn More
Celebrate the Holidays in Seaside

Celebrate the holiday season — Seaside-style! That means escaping the frenetic holiday bustle and slowing down to enjoy the sigh...

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