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At the Beach

California's thousands of miles of seashore have been popular vacation destinations since the mid-19th century. Coastal towns from Crescent City to Coronado annually welcomed thousands of vacationers. Whether sunbathing, surfbathing, surfing, or just walking along the beach, Californians maintain a love affair with the beach, use the combination of water, sand and brilliant blue skies to shed the stresses of the workaday world.

Catalina

Magic Isle, Island of Romance or Workingman's Hawaii — Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California began its popularity with tourists after 1900. At one time owned by the Wrigley family of chewing gum and Chicago Cubs baseball team fame, and the home of novelist Zane Grey, Catalina Island became a mecca for vacationers. The white steamers Avalon and Catalina brought hundreds of visitors daily during the summer months to the island's only town, Avalon, where they could enjoy dancing at the casino, do some fishing, ride the glass bottom boat, or simply relax on the beach.

The S.S. Catalina was built in 1924 for William Wrigley, Jr. by the Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock Company at a cost of over one million dollars. From 1924 to 1975 she sailed between the mainland and Avalon, with time out during World War II to serve as a troop transport on San Francisco Bay. The S.S. Catalina was retired in 1975 after having carried over 20 million vacationers. She wound up in the harbor at Ensenada, Mexico, where she sank at her moorings.


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Venice Beach Souvenir Folder with the cover and two postcards.  Daily crows on the beach, Ocean Park and bath house and beach, Ocean Park.

 

Venice Beach Souvenir Folder with the cover and two postcards. Daily crows on the beach, Ocean Park and bath house and beach, Ocean Park.

"Venice Beach Souvenir Folder," n.d.
F3942:23
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


Santa Barbara Beach and bathing in the Pacific postcards.

 

Santa Barbara Beach and bathing in the Pacific postcards.

"Santa Barbara Beach Postcard," 1918
96-02-18
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


San Francisco Cliff House and beach and the beach from Cliff House postcards.

 

San Francisco Cliff House and beach and the beach from Cliff House postcards.

"San Francisco Cliff House and Beach Postcards," n.d.
96-02-18
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


The Coast Line Photo

 

The Coast Line Photo

"The Coast Line," n.d.
96-02-18
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


Looking east from the breakwater, Long Beach postcard.

 

Looking east from the breakwater, Long Beach postcard.

"Long Beach Postcard," n.d.
97-10-01
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


Yacht Club and Casino, a glimpse of Avalon Bay, and residence of William Wrigley, Jr. and Avalon Bay.

 

Yacht Club and Casino, a glimpse of Avalon Bay, and residence of William Wrigley, Jr. and Avalon Bay.

"Catalina Island Souvenir Folder," n.d.
F3943:18
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


The beautiful harbor of Catalina Island from the Bluffs.

 

The beautiful harbor of Catalina Island from the Bluffs.

"Catalina Island Harbor," 1905
001-2002 (10)
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


Avalon Dock with a boat unloading photo.

 

Avalon Dock with a boat unloading photo.

"Avalon Dock," 1948
F3725:8908
California State Archives
Sacramento, California



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