About 600 Spanish settlers led by Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon arrived at what is now Hobcaw Barony (just south of Myrtle Beach near Georgetown) with intentions of creating the first permanent settlement in North America. Also in 1972, Myrtle Beach National Golf Course opens. After lower-than-expected attendance in the park and the loss of financial backing, the park closed a month earlier than expected and filed bankruptcy in September. 501 and Kings Highway, as well as a new downtown pavilion.
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New additions to the area include I Love Sugar candy shop, Johnny Ds Waffles Bakery in Myrtle Beach, Wicked Tuna in Murrells Inlet, North Myrtle Beach Historical Museum and, at Broadway at the Beach, Carolina Comedy Club, Encounters: UFO Exhibition and Carmike Broadway 17s BigD. The short-lived Gatlin Brothers Theatre is now Christ United Methodist Church in Myrtle Beach. Memorable features of Magic Harbour included a distinctive lighthouse entryway, a chair lift, a Ferris wheel, antique cars and the Corkscrew, a looping roller coaster that would later be moved to the Pavilion. The entrance to the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. Since its original incarnation the structure which now is a popular restaurant and fishing spot has been destroyed and reconstructed twice, including most recently after Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Chapins Department Store, as pictured in the 1960s.