Digging in to the History of Seaside Heights
Yesterday, while I was broadcasting from our Seaside Studio, I had a visitor come up and ask about the history of Seaside Heights. Honestly, I couldn't really say much except for recent history, so I did a little bit of research.
Long before we were enjoying the beaches of the barrier island, the Lenni Lenape Indians enjoyed the abundant nature of the area - fresh sea life, vegetation, etc.
Before "Seaside Heights" or "Seaside Park", the whole area was known as "Island Beach" or "Nine Mile Beach". Seaside Park, originally called "Park City" was settled first, in the late 1800's. Seaside Heights was officially incorporated in 1913 from parts of Berkeley Township and Dover Township.
By the early 1900's, Seaside Heights, and the surrounding beach towns, really started to become a destination, with gas lamps, train transportation, and businesspeople advertising the waterfront resort.
After that, roads, hotels, and eventually everything that we know and love about the area today followed.
Much thanks to the great website SeasideHeights.org for the fantastic history information!