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After 1888 many New London residents purchased lots and built small cottages along Ocean Beach. When the trolley line was extended in 1892, the seaside resort became more accessible and grew in popularity. O’Neill and his friends spent many happy days along the Ocean Beach boardwalk, dancing by the bandstand, or watching fireworks during summer festivities. After the hurricane of 1938 destroyed many private cottages, New London purchased the land and created the present public beach.

Second Story Club members at Ocean Beach: O’Neill, 2nd from right;
Ed Keefe, 3rd from right; Arthur McGinley, 5th from right; c. 1914

Ocean Beach, c. 1906


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