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Lewis & Clark established a Salt Cairn in Seaside in 1806 near where they spent the winter before returning to Washington D.C. The first settlers arrived in this coastal community in the 1850s. A post office was opened there in 1873 under the cancel of Seaside House. The name changed to Sea Side in 1882. In 1888, the name became one word: Seaside.

Seaside is one of the funnest towns along the Oregon Coast. It is a gathering place for young and old, all ages seem to mingle. There are the Bumper Cars, the Arcades, the Aquarium with the Sea Lions and the many gift shops. The Promenade connects to nearly all of Seaside.


Seaside’s Gateway Arch welcomed the world to Seaside, Oregon. According to Historian David Elston, the Gateway Arch was built sometime after 1912 and stood till after World War I.

Seems as though someone is always walking, jogging, bicycling or roller skating all the time. It is a place to watch and meet people. It is quite a hike to walk from end to end. At each end of The Prom is a park.

The old Hotel Seaside, with its Neopolitan Fountain, met the wrecking ball of progress and was replaced by a new Shilo Inn.

The Prom was a popular place to walk and mingle back in the early days.

This Real Photo view by Boyer shows the Aquarium in the 1940s.


Looking down Broadway from the Natatorium which is shown on the right.


Early interior view of the Natatorium at Seaside.

The Hotel Moore in earlyday Seaside.

The Pacific Pier at the Moore Hotel in Seaside.

A busy holiday on the Boardwalk at Seaside.

The  Hotel Seaside replaced the Moore Hotel and in later years, it was known as the Seasider Inn.

Seaside street scene looking uptown from the beach.

Looking up Broadway from the Seaside Hotel.

The Oregon Shore Limited is shown stopped at the depot in Seaside.

Departure of the Evening Train for Portland.

One of my favorite places to stay is the Ebb Tide on the Prom at Seaside, which is known for its excellent management staff. There are a few amusement rides in Seaside, all of which are covered: the Bumper Cars, the Tilt-A-Whirl and the Carousel. There are also the huge arcades. You can find all kinds of souvenirs, trinkets and candy.

Last updated 10-27-16

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