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Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, resort city (2007 est. pop. 29,970), NE S.C., inc. 1938 as a town, 1957 as a city. Situated on the Grand Strand, a 60-mi (95-km) stretch of beach between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, Myrtle Beach is a noted vacation and recreation destination as well as a retirement center. The area was originally inhabited by the Waccamaw in the 18th cent. it was sparsely settled by Europeans. Railroad service to the area opened in 1900 and the town began to grow, with cottages springing up around 1910 enormous growth has taken place since the 1960s. Myrtle Beach State Park is nearby.

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