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01/16/05

In Depth Look At 100 Years Of History In Long Beach

When the Ladners and other settlers landed on what was then called Bear Point by British navigational maps, little could they have guessed the changes the next 200 plus years would bring, starting with the name.

"They were called chimneys because the Ladners built a house close to the water that had 2 chimneys that they used to navigate," says Jerry Rouse, Long Beach Centennial Committee Chairman.

"From Chimneys it was called Rosilie, and then Scotts Station and finally Long Beach," he said. 

The founders settled into the quiet lives of farmers and fishermen. But within their first 100 years they had achieved a national claim to fame.

"Back in the early 1900's it was known as the Radish Capitol and the trucking center of the south," says Rouse. "They grew a lot of radishes."

Like many small communities of the time Long Beach enjoyed a growth spurt thanks to the location of the railroad here, and thanks in large part to the Yankees love for their beer and our radishes.

"They shipped them north. I don't want to say why," Rouse said. 

That's right. Apparently they munched down Long Beach radishes like we might pretzels today.

But while the trains were taking produce out of town they began bringing something just as valuable back in.

"When the train when through in 1870 a lot of tourist came over, and had places they could stay close to the beach," says Rouse.

Tourist that many of whom, eventually became residents, happy to call Bear Point, the Chimney's, Rosilie, Scotts Station, and finally Long Beach home.

By: Don Culpepper

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