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History of Seaside Heights NJ


Seaside Heights is one of the beach communities on the Barnegat Peninsula. Its land area is about a half square mile and it is located between Seaside Park to the south and the Ortley Beach of Dover Township to the north.

In the early years of the 1900s, a land development company envisioned Seaside Heights as a resort and promoted it to Philadelphia area residents as an ideal location to build summer homes. So that prospective buyers could see the lots available (a 40-foot beachfront lot cost only $100.00) as well as breathe the cool, refreshing ocean air, the development company began running train excursions in 1909 and continued them seasonally for several years.

In 1913, Seaside Heights was incorporated as a borough formed from sections of Berkeley and Dover townships.

Investor and manufacturer Christian Hiering played a key role in nourishing this newborn borough. In 1913, Hiering started the Barnegat Power and Cold Storage Company bringing electricity to Seaside Heights for the first time.

On December 1, 1915, the first toll bridge was opened across Barnegat Bay, linking Seaside Heights with Toms River and the mainland. The bridge was built by the Island Heights and Seaside Heights Bridge Company at a cost of $153,477.90. The tolls varied; a horse and buggy was 25