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Pacific Beach in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Ballad of P.B.

 
 
The Ballad of P.B. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 30, 2015
1. The Ballad of P.B. Marker
Inscription.
Pelican Brown was in search of a home
where he could have fun and relax
he looked for a beach that was pretty
and a sea that was swimming with snacks.

He flew up and down the long coastline
looking both far and quite near
then one day he knew he had found it
when his eyes saw the great Crystal Pier.

On the end was a big crystal ballroom
dancers came from all over the west
and since Pelican Brown loved to tango
he dressed up in his best velvet vest.

He fit right in with the others
tangoed many a night until dawn
Pelican Brown loved the beat of the music
and danced until the others were gone.

Then he's fly out and find him some breakfast
the happiest bird all around
and everyone loved when they looked up
and caught sight of Pelican Brown.

The dancing bird soon became famous
people came from all over to see
the great crystal ballroom and dance hall
and the pelican known as P.B.

Poem by Jan Phillips 2004 Jan Phillips
Concept and sculpture by T.J. Dixon & James Nelson
 
Location. 32° 47.663′ N, 117° 15.364′ W. Marker is in Pacific Beach, California, in San Diego County. Marker is on Ocean Boulevard
The Ballad of P.B. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 30, 2015
2. The Ballad of P.B. Marker
. Touch for map. In front of the Pacific Beach Life Guard Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 Ocean Boulevard, San Diego CA 92109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Surfer's Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mission Beach Roller Coaster (approx. 1.6 miles away); Kate Olivia Sessions' Nursery Site (approx. 2.1 miles away); Derby Dike (approx. 4.2 miles away); La Playa Trail (approx. 4.2 miles away); Serra Palm (approx. 4.2 miles away); Fray Junipero Serra (approx. 4.3 miles away); Sylvester Pattie (approx. 4.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. P.B. is used equivocally here, referring to Pelican Brown and to Pacific Beach.
 
Categories. AnimalsEnvironmentMan-Made Features
 
The Ballad of P.B. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 30, 2015
3. The Ballad of P.B. Marker
With Pelican Brown Sculpture by T.J. Dixon & James Nelson
Pelican Brown image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 30, 2015
4. Pelican Brown
Sculpture by T.J. Dixon & James Nelson
Pelican Brown image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 30, 2015
5. Pelican Brown
Sculpture by T.J. Dixon & James Nelson
Pelican Brown image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 30, 2015
6. Pelican Brown
Sculpture by T.J. Dixon & James Nelson
Pacific Beach Life Guard Station image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 30, 2015
7. Pacific Beach Life Guard Station
The P.B. Tango image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 30, 2015
8. The P.B. Tango
Pelican Brown image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 30, 2015
9. Pelican Brown
Sculpture by T.J. Dixon & James Nelson
The Brown Pelican<br>(Pelican Occidentalis) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 30, 2015
10. The Brown Pelican
(Pelican Occidentalis)
The once numerous Brown Pelican was first declared endangered in 1903, due to the popularity of using its plumage on ladies hats. With the widespread use of the chemical DDT throughout the 20th Century, then numbers sank to alarmingly low levels. After a recent ban on DDT the Brown Pelican population is on the rise again. However due to persistent DDT residue levels and other environmental threats, they remain on the endangered species list in many parts of the coastal United States, including California.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 253 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on June 7, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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