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Title
View of Avalon across Crescent Bay
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Creator
Crescent Photo Shop
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Title supplied by cataloger.
Avalon, or Avalon Bay, the only "official" city on Santa Catalina Island, is a rural waterfront town with the usual tourist-oriented businesses and services lining the coastline. Beside Avalon, the only other center of population is the small, unincorporated town of Two Harbors on the island. The twelve-story Catalina Casino, a focal point of Santa Catalina Island entertainment since it opened in 1929, is surrounded by the sea on three sides. Although The Casino is an icon of Catalina and Avalon, there isn't any actual gambling allowed. The stunning Art Deco building stands at 140 feet tall and contains the world's largest circular ballroom with a 180-foot diameter dance floor as well as a beautiful movie theater. The Casino hosts most of Catalina's major indoor events, including the annual New Year's Eve Celebration, and the Catalina Island Jazz Festival. As of the 2000 census, there were approximately 3,127 people residing in the city. The S.S. Catalina, known as "The Great White Steamer", was laid down on December 26, 1923, christened on May 3, 1924, completed in 1924, and took its maiden voyage on June 30, 1924. The 301-foot ship, originally built at a cost of $1 million dollars, was in service from 1924 and carried about 25 million passengers between Los Angeles and Avalon Harbor until she was retired on September 14, 1975. The Catalina has been recognized as a Historic-Cultural Monument, #213, and is a California State Historic Landmark. She was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
View of Avalon Bay across Crescent Bay, on Santa Catalina Island as seen through shrubbery atop a mountain top. Small houses as well as various tourist-oriented businesses and office buildings appear close to the shoreline, with several larger apartment complexes nestled in the hills farther away. The Catalina Casino, surrounded by the sea on three sides, is visible at the edge of the bay on the right along with several boats along with the S.S. Catalina, "The Great White Steamer".
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00081763
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Santa Catalina Island-Avalon.
CARL0000081289
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/112282
Subject
Catalina Casino
S.S. Catalina (Ship)
Passenger ships--California--Los Angeles
Boats and boating--California--Santa Catalina Island
Dwellings--California--Santa Catalina Island
Islands--California, Southern
Hotels--California--Santa Catalina Island
Bays--California--Santa Catalina Island
Panoramic photographs
Santa Catalina Island (Calif.)
Avalon (Calif.)

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