Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Hurricane Hazel

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Location: 100 9th Ave N., Myrtle Beach, SC
County: Horry
Coordinates: N 33° 41.513    W 078° 52.732
  33.69188333    -78.87886666


Hurricane Hazel
Oct. 15, 1954

On the afternoon on the 15th emerging to find their physical and economic world shattered, local residents could not have envisioned that their resolve to rebuild would set their provincial resort of small, family owned businesses on a path to become the major, international destination that now surrounds.

Pawleys Island North End · 2 houses left standing
Garden City Beach · 3 of 275 houses habitable
Surfside Beach · 4 of 70 houses habitable
Myrtle Beach · Most structures east of Ocean Blvd. destroyed or damaged
Windy Hill · 50 of 89 houses destroyed
Crescent Beach · 2 houses left standing
Atlantic Beach · 25 homes destroyed
Tilghman Beach · 50 of 100 houses demolished
Cherry Grove · 2 rows of beachfront houses wiped out

“This city will be rebuilt more beautiful than ever, with bigger and better hotels, guest houses and private homes. There is an attitude of hope and determination to build back.” – The Myrtle Beach Sun

“Out of the damage which we have sustained, Myrtle Beach will build an even greater city for the future.” - Myrtle Beach Mayor Ernest Williams

*Quotes and statistics excerpted from Sun News article “50 Years Later Hurricane Hazel Didn’t Destroy Myrtle Beach Area’s Resolve” by Zane Wilson