I wonder what it would have been like to have been at the February 1930 opening of the renowned Ocean Forest Hotel in Myrtle Beach. The hotel was demolished in 1974, leaving behind only memories in many locals’ hearts of what was once regarded as the grandest hotel on the East Coast between New York and Miami.
Famous politicians, dignitaries and Hollywood glitterati came from far and wide to stay at this haven for the prosperous traveler. Some say the imposing ten story structure, built on a high dune with its two five story wings resembled an elaborate wedding cake. Chandeliers of Czechoslovakian crystal, resplendent marble stairways and columns, and sprawling oriental rugs graced the interior.
I like to imagine the well-heeled guests of the era of Gershwin and Garbo dancing the night away to lively jazz and the big band sounds of Duke Ellington. No one on that enchanted evening would have spoken or even thought of the not- so- pleasant surprises the near future would bring.
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