"Lost Myrtle Beach" is all about Myrtle Beach's fascinating history. The city didn't exist before 1900, but residents lived a few centuries' worth of excitement!
~ How Myrtle Beach had a horse racing track that defied state gambling laws - all the way to the Supreme Court!
~ The Ocean Forest Hotel was a magnificent castle by the sea that was demolished to make way for ugly 1970s condos.
~ The Myrtle Beach Pavilion, and how its closure saddened and disgusted generations of fans who considered it to be the heart and soul of the town.
~ The erasure of history at an alarming rate, because Myrtle Beach doesn't have any (as in ZERO) historic preservation ordinances.
"A Culinary History of Myrtle Beach & the Grand Strand" dips into several centuries of delicious foods, from Native Americans and Colonists to soldiers, farmers and slaves.
~ The origins of Pilau and Chicken Bog.
~ How peanuts changed from being considered livestock feed to one of the most desired treats in the country.
~ The evolution of seafood and grits from humble fare to fine dining.
~ George Washington's 1791 southern road trip, and what he ate.
~ The wonderful and dangerous quirkiness of Pine Sap Sweet Potatoes.
~ Oyster roasts!
"Wicked Myrtle Beach & the Grand Strand" explores many facets of history that range from tragic and terrifying to funny and perhaps slightly shocking.
~ Local bordellos, including Georgetown's infamous Sunset Lodge.
~ A 3-year period when the Ku Klux Klan tried to infiltrate local politics and churches, instill fear and make a ton of money.
~ Two families' horrific 1923 tragedy at a swing bridge.
~ Bootlegging, gambling, thieves, revenge and murder.
~ The Disco Era. It was wild in Myrtle Beach!
~ And the lighter side, titled "Slightly Wicked or Perhaps Just Funny."