Redondo Beach in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
King Harbor and ... The Marinas
By 1892, when Redondo Beach was incorporated, 86 vessels already had called at the new city, bringing 8,216 tons of building supplies. For those vessels to arrive safely, a harbor had to materialize. This original harbor featured piers out to the open sea with no shielding breakwater. And, when the weather turned, the area became a pocket to catch all the force of the northwest wind, with its rolling waves of crushing violence. In September 1938, bonds passed for a 1,485-foot breakwater to be constructed with the government's help. Unfortunately, World War II interfered, and Redondo's planned breakwater sank on the priority list.
However, in 1956 with the backing of Rep. Cecil R. King, Congress authorized completion of the breakwater at a cost of $5 million. King Harbor's formal dedication was 10 years later, on November 19, 1966.
The Army Corps
Even today, despite weather and adversity, the attraction of having a business near the water is a compelling force that entices visionaries to attempt their dreams>
Erected by King Harbor Association, Redondo Beach Marina Employees, Les & Maryann Guthrie, Chuck & Polly Johnston Family, Terry & Jo Ann Turk. (Marker Number 11.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1938.
Location. 33° 50.54′ N, 118° 23.58′ W. Marker is in Redondo Beach, California, in Los Angeles County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 181 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach CA 90277, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Plunge and … The Lightning Racer (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bill and Bob Meistrell (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Freeth (approx. ¼ mile away); The Redondo Beach Plan (approx. 0.3 miles away); 9-11 Tribute (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hotel Redondo (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Salt Lake (approx. 0.7 miles away); Chowigna Indian Village (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Redondo Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 221 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on March 29, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 25, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.