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Isle of Palms Firsts


FIRST INHABITANTS Sewee Indians


FIRST NAME OF THE ISLAND Hunting Island


FIRST TITLE OWNER OF THE ISLAND Thomas Holton of Barbados - 1696


FIRST HOME BUILT ON THE ISLAND Summer residence of the Nicholas Sottile family - 1898


FIRST CALLED THE ISLE OF PALMS Named by Dr. Joseph S. Lawrence to attract tourists - 1898


FIRST OFFICIAL TRANSPORTATION TO THE ISLE OF PALMS Charleston and Seashore Railroad Company chartered a ferry boat in Charleston to a trolley in Mount Pleasant. The tracks proceeded through Sullivan’s Island and onto the Isle of Palms.


FIRST LEISURE EXCURSION TO THE ISLE OF PALMS Passengers of the Charleston and Seashore Railroad Company - 1898


FIRST POST OFFICE Inside Hudson’s Pavilion - Aug. 5, 1913


FIRST PAPERBOY George Wurthmann - 1933


FIRST BIKINI WORN ON THE ISLE OF PALMS Fourth of July weekend - 1965


FIRST PERSON TO CAST A VOTE Wiley G. Horne - July 11, 1950


FIRST POLICEMAN Eddie Walters, known as “Chief.” He also was the first fire chief.


FIRST MAYOR Walter I. Chapman Jr. - elected May 31, 1952


FIRST LAW PASSED BY THE CITY OF ISLE OF PALMS No automobiles permitted on the beach


FIRST AUTOMOBILE BRIDGE OVER BREACH INLET A wooden bridge was built to replace the trolley trestle - 1926


FIRST FILLING STATION Leo Hendrickson’s filling station and general repair - 1935


FIRST AIRSTRIP AND LANDING FIELD An 1,800 by 135-foot strip along the Inland Waterway - completed in August 1951


First female mayor Carmen R. Bunch - elected in 1986


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FIRST FULL-TIME FIRE CHIEF Larry Britton - 1987


FIRST RESORT Isle of Palms Beach and Racquet Club - 1972


FIRST TALK OF AN ISLE OF PALMS CONNECTOR 1974


FIRST PHARMACY Island Pharmacy - opened April 16, 1992


FIRST BANK Southern Bank and Trust


FIRST GROCERY Isle of Palms Food Store


FIRST RESTAURANT Huck’s - 1940s


FIRST CHURCH First United Methodist Church, 12 21st Ave.


FIRST CIVIC CLUB Isle of Palms Exchange Club - around 1948


FIRST DIRECT LINK TO THE ISLE OF PALMS Isle of Palms Connector - Oct. 2, 1993


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