Seal Beach : a brief history / Larry Strawther.

Strawther, Larry [Browse]
Charleston : The History Press, 2014.
222 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm


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  • "A short history of the city of Seal Beach in Orange County"-- Provided by publisher.
  • "The wooden pier, tree-lined Main Street and ocean views, coupled with a prosperous and happy community, led Forbes magazine to name Seal Beach one of the five friendliest towns in America. Getting there, however, was a bumpy adventure. Starting in the 1860s as Anaheim Landing, the first seaport in what would become Orange County, it soon became a summer retreat for squatters and illegal saloons. Despite the efforts of real estate developers to turn the town into an amusement resort and an early center for aviation and motion pictures, Seal Beach became neighboring Long Beach's tavern, brothel and gambling destination. But order and prosperity eventually prevailed to create today's quiet residential city. Join author Larry Strawther as he tracks Seal Beach's evolution from raucous port to cherished community"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. The Basics -- 2. Anaheim Landing -- 3. Hellman and Stanton : Beets and Bay City -- 4. South Coast Improvements and the Joy Zone -- 5. The Not-So-Roaring '20s and Prohibition -- 6. Pops Crawford's Airport and the Earthquake -- 7. Surf Side Colony -- 8. The Bay and a New Pier -- 9. World War II -- 10. Seal Beach Confidential : William Robertson and the Poker Wars -- 11. The Surf and the Sphinx -- 12. Expansion and Growing Pains.
  • 9781626194892 ((paperback))
  • 1626194890 ((paperback))
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