Huntington Beach, California (Images of America)
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Incorporated in 1909, Huntington Beach remained a sleepy seaside town until the city's legendary oil boom in the 1920s. Wells sprang up overnight, and in less than a month, the city's population more than doubled. As the area developed culturally through the decades, the once tiny farming community increased its size with 25 miles of annexations to become one of Southern California's major tourist destinations. Pictured here in nearly 200 vintage photographs is the evolution of this small seaside village into a classic, Southern California beach city, known as Surf City to nearly a million tourists a year. Showcased here are images acquired from city records, including shots of the famous Huntington Beach Pier as it evolved over the century, rare amateur photos of one of the largest gushers in city history, vintage beach scenes, rarely seen historic aerial views, images of the turn of the century "Tent City," the infamous flood of 1938, and nostalgic shots of the Saltwater Plunge.
it a job or hobby for them? What was the weather like? The moment I click my shutter, I know I have made a connection with that person who stood there before me. Forever we are joined in that frame. And what an interesting way to measure change: the results of side-by-side historic comparisons can be thrilling, revealing, or downright depressing—but always fascinating. Lining up the shots is not as easy as it might seem either. Landforms can change over time, property is regarded, and lenses
Wentworth and the author.) On the Back Cover: In the 1930s, just east of the Huntington Beach pier, the Municipal Trailer Park could be found between the surf and the railroad tracks. Table of Contents Title Page Copyright Page ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1 - NEAR THE PIER CHAPTER 2 - ON AND AROUND MAIN STREET CHAPTER 3 - MISCELLANEOUS PEOPLE AND PLACES ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Working on this book has been a terrific experience in that it forced me to take a closer look at the place I call
The building near the far left of the photograph (with the bush columns) today houses the International Museum of Surfing. A Starbucks has been added on the left, and a mixed-use building, erected during the 1990s Main Street overhaul, can be seen on the right. The c. 1940 photograph shows the Scout Cabin in Lake Park. The historic Boy Scout cabin was built in 1924 by the Lions Club, Local Carpenters Union, and Edison Company and has been in continuous use by the Boy Scouts ever since. The cabin
was renovated in 1974, and today a historic marker at the site details its history. Matthew Helme’s family poses here on the porch of the house they had moved by a mule team from Fifth and Verano Streets (11 miles away) to the corner of Sixth Street and Walnut Avenue in 1903. Today the Helme House is still in the family and was recently declared a historic landmark, protecting it, at least for now. Helme was very influential, becoming the town’s mayor in 1916 and 1917 and spearheading the
Huntington Beach High School just after completion. Oil derricks were located in the fields north of the school, which was in the area of the original Huntington Beach oil strikes. The trees along Main Street make it hard to replicate the 1926 view of the school today. This is the legendary Clapp family of Huntington Beach, pictured outside of their family home on Sixth Street on November 24, 1922. The occasion was a 25th wedding anniversary. (Dwight Clapp was the man who started the beach