Early 20th Century Boardwalk - Beaufort, North Carolina

1928 Bridge to Atlantic Beach and the Casino Resort

"My father, William Arendell Mace (1875-1933), ran Gaskill-Mace Hardware and was president at Bank of Beaufort and Taylor's Creek Fish Scrap and Oil Co. As president of the Atlantic Beach Bridge Corporation, he helped oversee the building of the 1928 bridge from Morehead City to Bogue Banks, and then managed the Atlantic Beach Casino and Resort. I have good memories of the days when Daddy was involved with the bridge. It was a wooden toll bridge, but we never had to pay, even for the bath houses on the beach. At about seven years of age, I won a prize for best male boy dancer when Paul Whiteman, the "King of Jazz" at the time, was playing at the Casino on a stormy night, and I was the only child, there with my father." - Borden Mace