“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
San Pedro in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Santa Catalina Island

Santa Catalina Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, January 9, 2008
1. Santa Catalina Island Marker
Inscription. Located approximately 20 miles from the mainland, Santa Catalina Island rises 2000 feet above sea level, approximately 500 feet higher than the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The island is over 20 miles long, making it the longest of the eight California Channel Islands. People have inhabited Santa Catalina Island for at least 7,000 years. Archaeologists have found evidence of complex material cultures with strong maritime traditions. Prior to the Spanish discovery of the island on October 7, 1542, it is believed that the people living on Santa Catalina Island called the Island Pimu. Over the years, several groups have occupied Santa Catalina Island, including ranching, mining, and military occupation. The island has largely been left in its natural state, preserving its marine life, flora and fauna, ecology and history.

In conjunction with the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the island is thought to be utilized as a navigational landmark by grey whales as they migrate along the North American coastline 5,000-7,000 miles south from the cold waters of Alaska to the warm water of Baja California, Mexico. The fall months through spring are known as whale-watching season where 2,500 to 3,000 whales on average are spotted annualy from the Palos Verdes Peninsula. So look closely because you may see a whale near the coastline.
Santa Catalina Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, January 9, 2008
2. Santa Catalina Island Marker
Location. 33° 44.597′ N, 118° 22.774′ W. Marker is in San Pedro, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Palos Verdes Drive South mile east of Sea Cove Drive, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Portuguese Bend (here, next to this marker); Palos Verdes Peninsula Habitat (here, next to this marker); Villa Francesca (approx. 0.6 miles away); Portuguese Bend Whaling Station (approx. 1.6 miles away); Point Vicente Lighthouse (approx. 1.8 miles away); Site of the First Japanese American Farm on the Palos Verdes Peninsula (approx. 1.9 miles away); Brian "Cody" Prosser (approx. 4.5 miles away); Battery Osgood-Farley Historic Site (approx. 5.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Pedro.
Regarding Santa Catalina Island. William Wrigley, Jr. bought Catalina Island in 1919 and in 1921 he moved the Chicgo Cubs spring training operations to the Island. From 1921 to 1941 Major League Baseball played an important role on the island.
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View of Avalon and the Harbor - Santa Catalina Island image. Click for full size.
By Mike Roberts Color Productions, Catalina Color Cards
3. View of Avalon and the Harbor - Santa Catalina Island
Description on postcard:
Avalon and the Harbor as viewed from the grounds of Mt. Ada which was originally built as a home by William Wrigley, Jr. This view looks northwest towards the Chimes Tower and Casino across the bay.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. This page has been viewed 797 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California.   3. submitted on . • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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