“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Newport Beach in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Mariner's Mile

Mariner's Mile Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, February 16, 2008
1. Mariner's Mile Marker
Inscription. The Santa Ana River once made an estuary along Mariner's Mile. The 1916 flood prompted efforts since to confine the river to its concrete bed on the border with Huntington Beach. A 1920 county bond issue enhanced the dredging of the bay to establish the present bulkhead line.

City pioneer James McFadden connected ocean-going trade with inland Orange County through Mariner's Mile, by horse-drawn wagon from 1870 to 1891, and by railroad afterward.

State Route One was completed through Mariner's Mile in 1923. The oldest surviving structure on the Mile, the Arches Restaurant, was built three years earlier.

The city's sport-fishing industry was concentrated in Mariner's Mile in the 1930's and 1940's, supplying up to 73% to the city's revenue.

During World War II, the U.S. Navy built 30' coastal patrol craft, the "Higgins boat", across the highway from this marker.

The city's most destructive fire occurred where you stand, leveling this entire block on January 11, 1973.

Dedicated July 26, 2006, to the city of Newport Beach on the occasion of its first Centennial.
Erected 2006.
Location. 33° 37.207′ N, 117° 55.397′ W. Marker is in Newport Beach, California
Mariner's Mile Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, February 16, 2008
2. Mariner's Mile Marker
The setting for the plaque.
, in Orange County. Marker is on Pacific Coast Highway 0.3 miles north of Tustin Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2700 Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach CA 92663, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McFadden (Newport) Wharf (approx. 0.9 miles away); Old Landing (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ozment General Store & Post Office 1908(c) (approx. 1.4 miles away); F.M. Bloom Shoe Repairs 1923(c) (approx. 1.4 miles away); Davis Barbershop & Soda Fountain 1921(c) (approx. 1.4 miles away); Meyers Department Store 1924(c) (approx. 1.4 miles away); Model Drug Store 1928(c) (approx. 1.5 miles away); Post Office 1925(c) (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newport Beach.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. This page has been viewed 158 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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