Today’s the day: The Compo Beach parking lots and Longshore golf course reopen (with many COVID-related restrictions).
Beachgoers will see plenty of changes: no picnic benches or grills. No bathroom access. Limited parking capacity.
Golfers will adapt too. There’s no carts, no putting, no slicing your shots (just kidding about that one).
Compo and Longshore always change. Usually of course, it’s incremental.
Check out this 1935 aerial photo of the beach (bottom), Longshore (left side), and environs. What changes do you see, from 85 years ago? Click “Comments” for anything interesting that catches your eye.
My husband was down there by bicycle this morning at 11:30 nobody online and very few beach goers so I hope it goes well this weekend and it does not get overcrowded and people are respectful
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I can’t enlarge this view to check further but it doesn’t seem quite real to me. For one thing, the harbor at Compo which was known in the 30s and 40s as “the Yacht Basin” looks much too big here. It wasn’t very big until it was enlarged in the 1950s.
the photo is quite real, although the precise year is 1934.
you are correct about the yacht basin being enlarged later on. Here is a great “mash up” tool for comparing a historical aerial picture to today at the same location, you will have to click and drag top the precise area you want to compare, and use the zoom in/out buttons:
To see larger, right click on image, select “Open in new tab”.
Hendrick’s Point has suffered a lot of erosion over the years.
Check out all the houses that have been built along north of Compo Rd S on the hillside between Minuteman Hill and Bluewater Hill.
Also along Hillspoints between Southview and Compo Hill Ave.
I’m toggling between Google Maps Satellite feature and this picture.
Use the link I posted above – I used to do it your way before I discovered it