Seaside Signal, May 27, 2004
by Paul See
Keeping the Past Alive
Did You Know?
Did you know that the first bridge across the Necanicum near present downtown Seaside was built in the 1870s, mostly of driftwood? E.M. Grimes built it to accommodate vacationers, who otherwise had to walk nearly a mile south to cross the river in the vicinity of Holladay’s Seaside House.
Did you know that the second bridge across the Necanicum near downtown Seaside crossed diagonally from the present Broadway on the east to Ocean Way on the west? And that a gate was required on the west side to prevent livestock from wandering into the pine-grove campsites near the beach?
Did you know that in 1913 it was possible to telephone New York from Seaside, at a cost of twenty dollars for three minutes? It also took an average of one hour for operators to complete the maze of connections!