Seaside History

View from the Hotel Seaside

February 27, 2013 | by Nate Buke

This photo was taken from the front lawn of the classic Hotel Seaside and shows a breezy and clear day on the turnaround in the 1920s.  It turns out the Hotel Seaside was a popular nerve center for the community and its vacationing tourists. The balcony of the Hotel Seaside, pictured at left center, was where major local announcements would take place.  During the busy summer season when the turnaround, beach, and promenade were packed with people, the crowds would gather beneath the balcony to hear announcements, commercials, and ceremonial recitations.  The announcer perched on the Hotel Seaside balcony and spoke into a microphone or loudspeaker to project his voice out to the crowd.

A beautiful day at the beach has always attracted cruising vehicles and anybody who has ever taken their car for a jaunt through the turnaround can relate to this picture. It looks like some folks in their late Model T are on an early afternoon joyride, breathing in both the fresh sea air and the soothing view.  These kind of joyrides are definitely a longstanding Seaside tradition. Do you remember your first trip down Broadway? Did it include cruising the turnaround in your car? Please share your memories about your turnaround experience(s).

Editor’s Note: The turnaround and promenade were jointly constructed in 1921.

and so much more!

Broadway Boon

A glimpse at the history and evolution of Broadway.

Learn More
MotorHome Magazine: Sea to River, Oregon’s Spectacular North Coast

Bobbie Hasselbring from MotorHome magazine attended a media Fam (Familiarization) Tour hosted by the City of Seaside Visitors Bure...

Learn More
How To Paddle Seaside

Kayaking and paddle boarding options abound in Seaside, Oregon. Find out what you need to know to float the coast....

Learn More
How to Treasure Seaside

Learn why one family uncovers more reasons to love Seaside each time they visit. After 40 years of coming to Seaside, there are st...

Learn More
Support Seaside Shops Online

We in Seaside appreciate the fact that visitors are honoring Governor Kate Brown’s executive order to stay at home in the wake o...

Learn More
Feel Like A Kid Again

Go ahead — take a vacation from adulthood with a trip to Seaside. We give you permission to feel like a kid again. Forgot how? H...

Learn More
How to Be an Earth Steward in Seaside

An estimated 14 billion pounds of discarded plastic and garbage — from cigarette butts and water bottles to food wrappers and pl...

Learn More
The Pull of Progress – Seaside in 1921

Postwar Seaside saw a boom in growth and development.

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
See What’s New in Seaside This Summer

When’s the last time you visited Seaside? Maybe it was last season, or last year or back when you were a kid. In any case, there...

Learn More
Seaside Skatepark

The Seaside Skatepark (also called the PTR “Hometown Park”) has a unique history. It was opened in June of 2007, and was built by Placed to Ride. The owner of Placed to Ride, Stefan Hauser, lives here in Seaside.

Learn More
Oregon Coast: Lodgings with a Tale to Tell

Historic coastal inn in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
A Beach Bicycle Built for Two

Beach Bike Rentals in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
Artillery on the Beach

Artillery on Seaside

Learn More
5 Ways to Social Distance in Seaside

With miles of wide sandy beach and clean sea breezes sweeping along the oceanfront Promenade, Seaside is one of the best places to...

Learn More
Miss Oregon Parade: 1950

A brief look at the Miss Oregon Parade circa 1950.

Learn More
What is Fascination, Anyway?

Talk to anyone who’s ever visited Seaside, and they’re bound to bring up Fascination with an enthusiastic “I love that game!...

Learn More
Fall in Seaside

Experiencing the changing seasons in Seaside

Learn More