Picture book honors Myrtle Beach's 75th anniversary

In celebration of Myrtle Beach's 75th anniversary, The Myrtle Beach Herald has published a pictorial history book with photographs from Myrtle Beach throughout the years.

A publication party for the book was held Thursday night at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

"We thought a coffee table picture book would be something people would appreciate. Not only the locals, but visitors, too. Something that will last for many years to come," Steve Robertson, publisher of the book said.

Four months ago, people were asked to submit photos of their greatest Myrtle Beach memories. Peterson said the Herald received 1,500 photos. 350 of those were used in the picture book.

"We go decade by decade tracing the history of the city from it's very early years right up to the booms of the 50's and the 60's, and the entertainment venues coming into the areas in the 90's and the 2000's," Peterson said.

Long-time Myrtle Beach residents and visitors came out to the party, and enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane.

This includes 91-year-old Roy Harrelson, who's father was the first Mayor of Myrtle Beach.

"I saw my father. He's the first mayor his picture just flashed up, and I keep thinking about the birth of the Myrtle Beach we know today," Harrelson said.

Peterson said he hopes people have an experience like Harrelson when they flip through the book.

"When you turn to the very first page, you'll see a picture of a young girl sitting in the dunes with the most delightful look on her face, and to me, I think it capsulizes Myrtle Beach."

If you'd like to order the book, click here.