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A look back at Myrtle Beach history, through the eyes of a photographer

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) -

The City of Myrtle Beach is celebrating its 75th birthday on Saturday with a big party on Ocean Boulevard.

Among other things, the city plans to set a Guinness World Record for the largest cupcake tower with help from T-L-C's "D.C. Cupcakes."

The tower is being built at the Old Pavilion site, which photographer Jack Thompson said was the heart of Myrtle Beach.

Jack Thompson is a photographer who chronicled the history of Myrtle Beach. He said it used to be a sandy beach playground before the streets were paved.

"Before the high rise hotels, there were little beach cottages. The pavilion was a magical place, it was a magnet. People would come from all over the southeast back in the 50s," said Thompson.

It was in 2006 that many iconic rides like the carousel were removed from the pavilion location.

"Before we realized that the carousel was going to find a home here at Broadway at the Beach, we were afraid the carousel was going in the mothball so people of all ages came to the park on that final night and stood in line to ride this beautiful merry go round," said Thompson.

Thompson said Myrtle Beach has changed and it continues to change. But he said the heart of Myrtle Beach, the pavilion and its rides, continue to beat at the Pavilion Nostalgia Park at Broadway at the Beach.

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