|The Boardwalk at Myrtle Beach|
In 1881 the Burroughs and Collins Company of Conway purchased much of the land long held by the Withers family and Withers was now called New Town. As you can see there have been many changes and many names as is often the case with developing lands.
Getting to the story behind the current name, in 1900 a contest was held to choose an official name for their town.* Credit is given to Addie Burroughs who suggested the name Myrtle Beach, named for the abundant growth of the Wax Myrtle bushes.
|Image Attribution: Mary Keim|
And that is how Myrtle Beach got it's name.
*Myrtle Beach officially became a town in 1938, then a city in 1957.