That Beach At Longshore? Don’t Laugh.

Yesterday’s post — about some mis-captioned photos at Joey’s, one of which refers to Compo as “Longshore Beach” — sent Scott Smith scurrying to his files.

Four years ago, he chaired Longshore’s 50th anniversary celebration. (That’s 50 years as a town-owned facility. For 30 years before that, it was a private club.)

Scott dug up some interesting memorabilia. It shows that — once upon a time — there reaally was a “Longshore beach.”

Here’s a marketing piece from its country club days:

Longshore Beach and Country Club

Sure, any artist could draw a nice beach. (And add tons of watercraft.)

But photos don’t lie. (At least not in the pre-Photoshop days.) Here’s one from 1934:

Longshore aerial view - 1934

Longshore is at the left. Note how much beach there was — and not only near the pool but all the way west, near what is now Hendricks Point.

In the mid-1960s, after the town bought the club (for the best $1.9 million ever spent — if we hadn’t acted fast, it would have sold as 184 building lots), Longshore looked like this:

Longshore aerial view - 1960s

There was still plenty of beach (and moss-covered rocks). Longshore Sailing School was quite a bit smaller then.

But no trip down Longshore’s memory lane is complete without this:

Longshore tower

Referred to as both a “tower” and “lighthouse,” it sat near the present pavilion entrance to the pool area. It was torn down in the 1960s.

All that remain today are memories — of that very cool structure, and the sandy “Longshore beach.”

 

2 responses to “That Beach At Longshore? Don’t Laugh.

  1. Nancy Powers Conklin

    Fascinating information, Dan! Believe it or not, I think I remember that lighthouse/tower from when I was very small and my parents took us for a ride around Longshore before it was public!

  2. Your moss covered rocks are probably sea grass.