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Newport Beach
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
[ca. 1936]
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Original print is "flipped" backward. The coastline should appear on the right of the photo, and the mountain range should appear on the left.
The city of Newport Beach, located in Orange County, includes the areas of Corona del Mar, Balboa Island, Newport Coast, San Joaquin Hills, and Balboa Peninsula (also known as Balboa). For thousands of years, members of the Tongva and Juanen~o/Luisen~o nations long inhabited this area. In 1870, Captain Samuel S. Dunnell's steamer named "Vaquero" made its first trip to a marshy lagoon for trading, and ventured into an unnamed harbor, which Dunnell decided to call "New Port". In 1875, James and Robert McFadden acquired a small wharf and warehouse on the west end named "Newport Landing". In 1902, James McFadden sold his Newport townsite and about half of the Peninsula to William S. Collins, who soon partnered with Henry E. Huntington. In 1905 city development increased when Pacific Electric Railroad established a southern terminus in Newport connecting the beach with downtown Los Angeles. In 1906, three major events happened: The Balboa Pavilion and Balboa Pier were completed; Pacific Electric "Red Cars" began service to the Balboa Peninsula and Pavilion, bringing thousands of summertime visitors from Los Angeles; and in August, the scattered settlements which included the Peninsula, West Newport, Balboa Island, and Lido Isle, with a combined population of 206 citizens, were incorporated as the City of Newport Beach. It is currently one of the wealthiest communities in California and consistently places high in United States rankings. Notable residents include and/or have included: (Actors/Entertainers) Buddy Ebsen, Dale Evans, Emma Stone, Errol Flynn, George Burns, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Joey Bishop, John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Roy Rogers, Shirley Temple; (Athletes) Carsten Ball, Dennis Rodman, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Francois Botha, George Yardley, Ilia Kulik, Joffery Lupul, John Welbourn, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Kobe Bryant, Matt Barkley, Tiger Woods; (Authors/Writers) Dean Koontz, Frank Rumbauskas; (Business people) Donald Bren, John H. Meier; (Musicians) Anton Newcombe, Dick Dale, Mark McGrath, Mike Ness, etc. among many others. Population has also grown by leaps and bounds; in 1910 there were 445 residents, in 1950 population was at 12,120, by 1990 it stood at 66,643, and as of January 1, 2009, population was 86,252.
Aerial photograph shows Newport Bay as it looked in 1936. The center island is Lido Isle, prior to it becoming a completely residential area. Most of the territory is uninhabited, but there are a few dwellings scattered here and there. The photograph is looking up the coast toward Corona del Mar.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Newport Harbor-Views, Aerial.; S-000-070 8x10
Dwellings--California--Newport Beach
Beaches--California--Newport Beach
Bays--California--Newport Beach
Aerial photographs
Newport Beach (Calif.)--Aerial views
Lido Isle (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Balboa (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Newport Beach (Calif.)
Balboa Island (Calif.)

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