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12 Facts About the Grand Strand You May Not Know


Posted: April 14, 2017 at 12:00 AM by Rod Smith


Myrtle Beach
 is famous for being a summertime haven, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. While this is not news to most people, below are 12 cool facts about the Grand Strand that you might not know.
 


1. The original name of the Myrtle Beach area was "Chicora" (sound familiar?), a Native American word that means "The Land". It was later changed to Myrtle Beach to honor the uniqueness of the Wax Myrtle tree, which is native to the South Carolina area. 


2. In the year 1905, you could purchase a parcel of oceanfront land in Myrtle Beach for the surreal sum of only $25. Not only that, but if you built a house or other structure on the property with a value of $500 or more, you would receive a 2nd parcel of land for free! Wouldn't it be nice if this was still in effect?


3. Myrtle Beach is the headquarters of Sports Illustrated magazine, which was first published out of the Pine Lakes International Country Club in 1953. 


4. According to ornithologists, there are well over 276 documented species of birds within Huntington Beach State Park, a 2,500-acre wildlife preserve only a few miles south of Murrells Inlet.


5. The Grand Strand hosts over 18 million visitors each year. 


6. The first time the phrase "Grand Strand" was used as a reference to Myrtle Beach was in a 1949 newspaper column authored by Claude Dunnagan. 


7. During the summer months, the population of the city of Myrtle Beach skyrockets from about 30,000 people to over 350,000 people on some days.


8. Myrtle Beach is widely recognized as the golfing capital of the world, with over 100 championship golf courses and more than 30 miniature golf courses available for golf enthusiasts to enjoy. 


9. Myrtle Beach is the birthplace of the Shag dance, which originated on Ocean Drive in the 1940's. 


10. There are well over 1,400 restaurants in the Grand Strand area, offering a colossal variety of culinary styles that draw influence from places all over the globe. 


11. North Myrtle Beach is the birthplace of the iconic "Wheel of Fortune" hostess, Vanna White.


12. The first hotel built in the Grand Strand area was the Seaside Inn, which was constructed in 1901 and cost a grand total of $3,800 to build. It wasn't exactly a luxurious locale in its humble beginnings, as it had no electricity or indoor plumbing to speak of. Guests could stay at the Seaside Inn for just $2 a night--hey, is there any chance that they might be able to bring those prices back?


As you can see, there's always something new to discover about the Grand Strand, which is one of the reasons why it's such a great place to live. If you've been thinking about relocating to the Grand Strand area, the best way to get started is to contact the team at Coldwell Banker Chicora Advantage. Their experienced real estate professionals have extensive knowledge of the area, and can help you sift through the many Myrtle Beach homes that are available to find the one that's right for you. Contact one of our agents to begin your home search today!

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