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1315 Broadway , Seaside, Oregon

American Legion Post 99

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POST HISTORY

     In two words, the origin of Seaside Post #99 could be characterized as mildly ambiguous.  Photos on the wall of the main hallway indicate that Pat D. Dillon served as the first Post Commander in 1921 and was succeeded by Glenn Corey in 1922.  The official Charter (on display in the meeting room) is dated 1923.  Perhaps Dillon and Corey served in some sort of interim capacity until the Post was legally established - or, perhaps, the original Charter went MIA and had to be reissued.  At any rate from 1923 until today, the Legion flag has been firmly planted in Seaside.  In those early and formative years (which included Prohibition), the Post had a home - unfortunately there is no record at 1315 Broadway which can tell us where it was.

     After WWII ended, the Post had a leasehold at Number 1 Broadway - on the upper floor of the building (immediately south of the Turnaround) which housed the indoor swimming pool and steam baths.  With spectacular views of the beach from Tillamook Head to Washington,  the Legion Club was a tourist destination unto itself.  At the same time that the Post operated this highly popular (and profitable) operation, work began to acquire the sixteen lots at the east end of Broadway which are now the home of both the Post and Club.  Some of the lots were willed to the Post, some were  purchased and some were outright gifts.  By 1952 the Post cut the ribbon on the original structure at the location - a meeting hall with accessories, characterized by its cathedral ceiling, which is now the dining room of a much larger multi-use building.
     From the early '50s until the mid '90s, the building was both modified and enlarged - chiefly on a 'self-help' basis.  By 1993 it was evident that the structure was inadequate for the Post's needs and after considering an entirely new building, the decision was made to hire a general contractor to take the existing facility down to frame, enlarge the footprint in several directions, totally remodel the interior and construct new exterior walls and roof.  With plenty of paved parking, landscaped grounds, an outdoor patio area and views of Neawanna Creek, 1315 Broadway should serve as our home and your 'Host of the Coast' for years to come.

 

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