October 23, 1914: The Opening of the First Bridge to Seaside
Getting to Seaside was not always a simple drive down Route 37
Prior to October 23, 1914, there were only two ways to reach Seaside from the mainland: by boat or by rail.
However, on this date, the privately owned bridge made Seaside much more accessible – for a fee.
In its early years, the bridge charged tolls. To walk across was a nickel; to drive your Model T across would set you back a quarter.
A few years after its building, the bridge was acquired by the state and no longer cost money to cross.
In 1950, the original wooden bridge was replaced by the concrete Mathis Bridge. A second bridge, the Tunney Bridge, was built right next to the Mathis Bridge in 1972; both bridges were made one-way due to increasing traffic.
The pilings of the original bridge can be seen to the south of the Mathis bridge.