Newport Beach in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
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.
Location. 33° 37.207′ N, 117° 55.397′ W. Marker is in Newport Beach, California Touch 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. 1½ miles away); Post Office 1925(c) (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport Beach.
Categories. • Disasters • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2015, by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. This page has been viewed 234 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 25, 2015, by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.