They call Montauk "The End," but do you sometimes wonder what the area was like a little closer to the beginning? Take a look at these classic photos to get an idea.

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With the historic old "Third House" at Montauk in the background, Richard T. Johnson, chairman of ad hoc committee to fight the proposed restaurant in the historic house, walks across the sprawling lawn on May 15, 1990.

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The Montauk Manor hotel in 1946.

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Montauk Manor in the process of being restored into condominiums on Sept. 17, 1986.

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A view of a finished condo at Montauk Manor on Oct. 23, 1985.

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Debris surrounds the old Montauk Manor as work was underway on April 29, 1970.

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An undated aerial view of Montauk Yacht Club and Inn on Star Island. The club was chartered in 1894.

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Assemb. Perry B. Duryea, Dr. John C. Baiardi of LIU and Dr. James Alexander of Fordham University and acting director of the Oceanographic School, with the papers for the lease of the property at Fort Pond Bay on June 4, 1969.

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The Oceanographic Center in Montauk at Fort Pond Bay on June 4, 1969.

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Lucy Ketcham in front of the gazebo on Oct. 27, 1988, that she had worked to have built in the village of Montauk Point. She said, "It's the best thing that ever happened for the village."

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First Sgt. Reginald Owens of New Hampshire checks base commander Maj. James Adams of Arizona for orders for the day outside the base command building of the U.S. Air Force Radar Squadron on April 28, 1971.

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Convention business and tourist money comes into Long Island at the Montauk Yacht Club and Inn, seen on Oct. 7, 1977.

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A view of the Montauk Yacht Club marina on July 1, 1989.

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An aerial view of Gurney's Inn in Montauk on Dec. 2, 1986.

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As part of the Montauk beautification program, the village area along Montauk Highway became free of lighting company and telephone polls. Only street lights are along the main road looking west in this Feb. 9, 1970 photo.

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The Sting Ray Motor Lodge and Motel in Montauk on April 20, 1979.

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The Ocean Surf Motel on the beach in Montauk on April 20, 1979.

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Montauk Air Force Base with a radar tower in the foreground on July 26, 1984.

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The view of the old Montauk air base is seen in this Jan. 17, 1984 photo.

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The Marlin 5 goes out for an afternoon of fishing on Montauk Lake on June 21, 1983.

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Montauk Yacht Club head chef Mitchel London in the terrace room next to the main restaurant on May 4, 1989.

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A 25-foot bull stands in front of Christman's Restaurant in Montauk on June 15, 1988.

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Village Green in the center of the Village of Montauk is ringed by stores and eateries -- most of them closed for the season -- on Dec. 22, 1984.

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Larry Franzone, chairman of the board of Montauk fire commissioners, holds a detailed map showing the new access road to the firehouse on May 10, 1988.

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The clubhouse at the Montauk Improvement Inc. golf course with two of the three pools that were set to be part of the club on March 27, 1969.

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Esther Kline, the owner of the Memory Motel in Montauk, holds a Rolling Stones record. Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones once stayed and eventually wrote a song called "Memory Motel," which appeared on their "Black and Blue" album. She was upset she never received any royalties from the Stones. (July 14, 1982)

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The harbormaster's house, part of the Gosman Village in Montauk, on Jan. 9, 1981.

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Coast Guard seaman Louis Alvarez looks toward the skies as he hopes to watch a plane carrying the Iranian hostages pass over Montauk Point and the lighthouse, which was decked out with 68-foot yellow ribbons and a 'Welcome Home' sign around the top, Jan. 25, 1981.

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