Title supplied by cataloger. Santa Catalina Island is located approximately 26 miles off the coast of Southern California, near Long Beach. 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. In 1887, entrepreneur George Shatto purchased the island with the intention of turning it into a major tourist destination, but after amassing large debts, he sold the property in 1892 to Joseph and Hancock Banning. For more than twenty-five years, the Banning brothers had ownership of Santa Catalina Island and continued to develop the area. In 1919, the Banning brothers sold the land to William Wrigley, who along with his son Philip, continued to develop the island. In the mid-1970s, they created the Catalina Island Conservancy, which was given 88% of the island to protect native species and prevent over-development. Photograph of the Avalon Bay, taken from the Catalina Casino. Several boats are visible in the forefront, and in the background, numerous houses can be seen nestled in the mountain. Photograph dated: June 14, 1940.
1 photographic print :b&w ;9 x 13 cm. Photographic prints
Boats and boating--California--Santa Catalina Island Dwellings--California--Santa Catalina Island Islands--California, Southern Bays--California--Santa Catalina Island Panoramic photographs Santa Catalina Island (Calif.) Avalon (Calif.)