Near San Pedro in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Portuguese bend is surrounded by the Abalone Cove and Portuguese Bend Landslides, and stands as a sentinel against the waves of the Pacific Ocean. The strata on the Portuguese Point illustrate layered resistant basalt capped by Altamira Shale that can be seen dipping toward the ocean. The toe contains an abundance of rock formations that create tide pools that are especially evident during low tide. Portuguese Point is illustrative of the geology found on the peninsula.
Portuguese Bend received its name because of the Portuguese whaling company that operated on the peninsula in the middle of the nineteenth century.
Location. 33° 44.597′ N, 118° 22.774′ W. Marker is near San Pedro, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Palos Verdes Drive South ¼ mile east of Sea Cove Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Santa Catalina Island (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); Edward A. DeVore, Jr. (approx. 4.4 miles away); Brian "Cody" Prosser (approx. 4½ miles away).
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