The Grand Strand and the Myrtle Beach area have a storybook history. Numerous books featuring ghost stories, colourful pirates, and Indian tribes were penned. But many of these tales were shared orally and retold countless times over the years, passed on from one generation to the next. Given that, it’s not a surprise for the stories to change as time goes by, since different storytellers have their own additions to their version, which is the reason why there are different versions to a particular story. Given that, the importance of these tales remain essential to the local culture as well as the enjoyment in re-telling, reading, and hearing them.
The Winyah and Waccamaw Indians are the first inhabitants in the area. They dubbed the region as Chicora, which means “the land.” Myrtle Beach area’s Kings Highway started out as an Indian trail well before the Europeans decided to settle in the Grand Strand. The trail then became a passage for people from the northern states to Savannah and Charleston. These original inhabitants are the topic of the oldest and even the most elusive tales. Although the Native Americans have been the focus of many stories, there’s a scarcity in the tales about Myrtle Beach’s local tribes. The physical evidence that they existed and the proof of how they lived have been much more forthcoming thanks to the discovery of artifacts like pottery and arrowheads.
Modern History and Development
The Myrtle Beach Convention center was opened in 1970. It’s where the official South Carolina Hall of Fame can be found. Back then, the new construction sector hit $75 million and the number of residents in the area tripled. During the 1970s to the 1980s, the area saw a steady increase in amenities like retail shops, homes, and tourist attractions, which paved the way for a boom in the 1990s. Every year The Grand Strand accepts 14 million visitors and thousands of new permanent dwellers. In March 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau statistics showed that the Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area ranked ninth in the list of the nation’s fastest growing area. Over the last 10 years, the area has grown a whopping 37%.
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