The sand sculptures at Cape Cod's Bass River Beach, known to locals as Smuggler's Beach, in South Yarmouth
Marash Girl was excited to visit the sand sculptures in South Yarmouth last week, after her first encounter with the sculptures at Smuggler's Beach (See Marash Girl's post about the fish that talked & walked.) Curious about the name Smuggler's Beach, Marash Girl made a phone call to the elegant hotel located at Smuggler's Beach. "Could you tell me the origin of the name Smuggler's Beach, the name you use as part of your establishment?" "No," answered the woman on the other end of the line. "We just made it up." "Thank you," said Marash Girl, as she decided to do a bit more research to find the real story behind the name. And in an article in the publication CAPTURING CAPE COD HISTORY, she found that the site of that elegant hotel in South Yarmouth was once the location of the speakeasy "Casa Madrid". The article went on to say that "Mayor Curley of Boston may or may not have been escorted out a window by his bodyguards during a 1932 raid by the state police." But there is no question that rum-running occurred during prohibition (1920-1933) from across Bass River to Smuggler's Beach, at the mouth of the Bass River on Cape Cod in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.