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

Bruce’s Beach

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By Craig Baker, 2017
1. Bruce’s Beach Marker
In 1912, Mr. George Peck, one of our community's co-founders, made it possible for the beach area below this site to be developed as Bruce's Beach, the only beach resort in Los Angeles County for all people. Charles and Willa Bruce were the African American entrepreneurs who settled here, thus the name Bruce's Beach. This two-block neighborhood was home to several minority families and was condemned through eminent domain proceedings commenced in 1924. Those tragic circumstances reflected the views of a different time.

The land was referred to as City Park and Beach Front Park and later named Bayview Terrace Park through a community contest in 1962.

The park was designated Parque Culiacan on March 16, 1974 at the time of a visit from representatives of our first sister city.

The Manhattan Beach City Council renamed the park as Bruce's Beach in July 2006, commemorating our community's understanding that friendship, goodwill and respect for all begins within our own boundaries and extends to the world community. All are welcome.
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Bruce’s Beach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2017
2. Bruce’s Beach Marker
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Leadership Manhattan Beach Class of 2003.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is March 16, 1974.
Location. 33° 53.672′ N, 118° 24.909′ W. Marker is in Manhattan Beach, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Highland Avenue and 27th Street, on the right when traveling east on Highland Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2600 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach CA 90266, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Manhattan Beach Pier (approx. 0.7 miles away); Beach Cottage (approx. 1.8 miles away); Dockweiler Hang Gliding Center (approx. 2 miles away); Space Park (approx. 2.4 miles away); SV-5D Lifting Body (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Trans-Polar Air Route (approx. 2.6 miles away); Old Salt Lake (approx. 3.1 miles away); Capt. Lou Lenart, USMC (Ret.) (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manhattan Beach.
Regarding Bruce’s Beach. On April 9, 2021, the County of Los Angeles announced plans to return Bruce's Beach to the descendants of Charles and Willa Bruce.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 9, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 9, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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May. 14, 2021