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By Michael Kindig, July 31, 2013
10th Anniversary Marker
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — 10th Anniversary
In commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the sister-city relations between Long Beach and Qingdao with the compliments of Qingdao Municipal People's Government, P.R. China — Map (db m72459) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Bembridge House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Bembridge House 1906 — Map (db m72634) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Casa Aitken 1932 Builder: Hart Construction Company —
A fine example of a Spanish Colonial Revival courtyard apartment with all the charm and decorative enhancements of this Romantic style. The tiled fountain harks back to southern Spain. The first owner, H.J. Hamer, produced a high-quality residence . . . — Map (db m72619) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Charles Windham House (Lord Mayor's Inn) 1906 Architect: George L. Hoodenpyl —
Built by Charles H. Windham, Mayor of Long Beach 1900 - 1908 and City Manager 1922 - 1932. This Edwardian home was restored in 1988 by owners Laura and Reuben Brasser and restoration architect Laurence E. Winans. — Map (db m72636) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Commemorating 75th Anniversary of Long Beach
William Erwin Willmore who was in this area in 1870 visualized a town would be built here. In 1882 this materialized as Willmore City; becoming the City of Long Beach in 1888. November 16, 1963 Native Sons of the Golden West Long Beach . . . — Map (db m83523) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Cooper Arms
Cooper Arms This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m72662) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Douglas Park
Early Years 1892 - 1938 Mr. Douglas was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1892, the son of a bank cashier. His early interest in aviation was sparked by observing an Orville Wright flight in 1908. he attended the U.S. Naval Academy and then became the . . . — Map (db m101485) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Evolution of a skyline Long Beach's history can be seen in its rooftops
In the early 1990s, Long Beach was world-famous as a visitor destination. Hotels and dance halls, trolleys and roller coasters lured tourist to the city. The mild climate and pristine beaches beckoned people to the water's edge. With daily train . . . — Map (db m71543) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Farmers & Merchants Bank Tower 1922 Architecture: Curlett & Beelman with W. Horace Austin —
A Renaissance Revival classic, notable for its architectural beauty and its terra cotta ornament. It was the first skyscraper, and introduced "modern" building design in the heart of Long Beach's original commercial district. — Map (db m72458) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — First United Presbyterian Church 1939 Architect: Easton D. Herrald —
Modeled after English Gothic churches, this is the third church on the site where the Long Beach United Presbyterian congregation was founded in 1906. The sanctuary has beautiful woodwork and stained glass. — Map (db m73099) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — G.A.R. Civil War Monument
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California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Grand Army of the Republic Highway U.S. 6
This monument marks the western end of a coast to coast highway extending a distance of three thousand six hundred fifty-two miles through fourteen states. It was erected by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in memory of the heroic . . . — Map (db m72661) HM WM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Harvey Milk / Harvey Milk Equality Plaza
"All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential." Harvey Milk May 22, 1930 - November 27, 1978 Born on Long Island, New York, Harvey . . . — Map (db m72477) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — In Their Honor
The Long Beach Navy Memorial pays tribute to the city naval heritage Long Beach's naval history dates back to 1908 with the arrival of President Theodore Roosevelt's 16-ship Great White Fleet. By the 1920s Long Beach established itself as a . . . — Map (db m71545) HM WM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — JAAN-2 Gun Battery
(There are two markers with identical text) These two concrete pads are the remains of a gun battery, known as JAAN-2 (Joint Army And Navy), that was in operation during World War II. Established as part of the Harbor Defense of Los . . . — Map (db m97719) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — La Ciudad de Valparaiso a La Ciudad de Long Beach
. . . — Map (db m97722) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — 1014 — Long Beach Marine Stadium
Created in 1932 for the rowing events of the Xth Olympiad, the Stadium was the first manmade rowing course in the United States. Its width allowed four teams to race abreast, eliminating additional heats and allowing oarsmen to enter the finals at . . . — Map (db m2614) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Long Beach Skating Rink 1929
This venue was built in 1929 as a multi purpose auditorium. In 1935 it opened as the Dunbar Skating Rink and served this function for many years. In 2001, after a period of vacancy, the Robert Gumbiner Foundation, through an adaptive reuse program, . . . — Map (db m72710) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Long Beach Unity Society of Practical Christianity Church 1940 Architect: Raymond A. Sites —
Unity, a non denominational Church, was founded in Long Beach by the Reverends Louise and John Samuel Newman in 1923. A grass roots fundraising campaign led to the purchase of this site in 1933. Construction began in 1941. Architecture was inspired . . . — Map (db m72707) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association Building Leaders for a Global Community Peace through Personal Diplomacy —
This plaque was dedicated on the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association to honor the citizens of both cities who are dedicated to peach through personal diplomacy. November 8, 2013 Bob . . . — Map (db m73101) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Rancho Los Alamitos Honoring the Indians
Honoring the Indians of Puvungna who fished these shores long before the reign of the Dons. U.S.A. Bicentennial year 1975 Susan B. Anthony Chapter NSDAR — Map (db m132708) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — 978 — Rancho Los Cerritos
The 27,000-acre Rancho was once part of an 18th-century Spanish land grant to soldier Manuel Nieto. The Monterey-style adobe was constructed in 1844 and served the Temple and Bixby families as headquarters for large-scale cattle and sheep ranching . . . — Map (db m50988) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Ranchos
Los Alamitos Los Cerritos This plaque marks the dividing line between the two ranchos on which Long Beach was subsequently built. Originally a part of a Spanish land grant to Manuel Nieto in 1784. They were partitioned between the heirs by . . . — Map (db m72706) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Ranchos Los Alamitos - Los Cerritos - Los Coyotes
[Upper Marker - as seen in 2001] This monument marks the intersection of three original California Ranchos: Rancho Los Alamitos Rancho Los Cerritos Rancho Los Coyotes [Lower Marker - as seen in 2002] Ranchos Los Alamitos . . . — Map (db m50231) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — 17 — Recreation
This mosaic tile mural, one of the largest in the world with more than 466,000 California tiles, was created by dozens of artists as a W.P.A. Federal Arts Project in 1937 to grace the facade of the Municipal Auditorium. It was saved from demolition . . . — Map (db m72453) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Recreation Park Bandshell 1929
Recreation Park was acquired in 1923, and this speaker's stand was dedicated in 1929. The building was used as the location for many important community events such as all-state picnics, drama festivals, band concerts, school graduations, and the . . . — Map (db m73100) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Security Pacific National Bank 1924 Architect: Curlett & Beelman —
A classic beaux arts office building in renaissance revival style designed by eminent Los Angeles architects known for many landmarks. Originally called Security Trust and Savings Bank, many prestigious firms located here. — Map (db m72476) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — St. Luke's Episcopal Church 1934 Architect: Soule and Murphy —
Founded in 1897, St. Luke's Episcopal Church has been a center of religious, cultural and social activities. The English Tudor Gothic church with its distinctive spire and courtyard is the second church at this site. It replaced the 1917 building . . . — Map (db m72621) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Blackstone 1928 Architect: Edward L. Mayberry —
The Blackstone was designed as an apartment hotel building in Renaissance Revival style. It was a prominent feature of Long Beach's fledgling skyline, belonging to a group of downtown "high-rise" residential structures built in the early 1920's that . . . — Map (db m72703) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Breakers 1926 Architect: Walker & Eisen —
Rising majestically on a site overlooking the city's once famous beach and amusement park, The Breakers was built as the city's most splendid and luxurious resort hotel. Owned during the 40's by Conrad Hilton, it remained a hotel for decades until . . . — Map (db m72660) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Broadlind Hotel 1928 Architects: Piper and Kahrs —
The combination of Spanish Renaissance and Romanesque design give this building an old world charm. The corner tower is unique in the city. — Map (db m72451) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Californian 1923 Architect: Joseph H. Roberts —
One of a group of "own-your-own" apartment buildings constructed in the 1920's. Close to the beach and the downtown business district. The Californian has a distinctive, elegant beaux-arts facade with fine masonry and detailing. Long Beach architect . . . — Map (db m72456) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Campbell Mural
In March 2008, during a routine roof replacement on the Lafayette building's 11th floor patio, workers uncovered the 8 by 8 foot tile mural of a kneeling camel in front of the Pyramids of Giza. The vintage 1920's mural lay beneath two tons of . . . — Map (db m72686) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Esser House 1929
This duplex was built by William Esser, a successful Long Beach builder whose work included the now demolished but famous Pacific Coast Club. A fine example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, it was completed in 1929 just prior to the . . . — Map (db m72708) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The First Congregational Church of Long Beach
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California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The First High School
Long Beach citizens built at this location the first publicly owned high school structure in Los Angeles County outside Los Angeles City. The Board of Trustees met here in April of 1893, dedicated the building in May, and opened it to pupils in . . . — Map (db m72449) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Jergins Trust Building 1919 - 1988
Designed by architect Harvey Lochridge for Fred Markwell in 1914, but not constructred until 1919, the Jergins Building was originally named after Markwell. Built in the Beaux-Arts style, the six story structure contained a theater and offices. In . . . — Map (db m94328) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Kress Building 1923, 1929 Architect: Thomas Franklin Power —
The Kress Store, number 152 in the nationwide chain, consisted of ground floor retail. With offices above a three-story addition as built in 1929. An adaptive reuse in 1994 & 1995 for loft condominiums rescued a historic building that had been . . . — Map (db m72457) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Lafayette Complex 1928, 1929, 1948
A complex of three historic buildings in different architectural styles. The Campbell Apartments at 130 Linden were designed by Parker O. Wright and Francis Gentry in a Spanish Baroque style in 1928. The Lafayette Hotel was a premier art deco hotel . . . — Map (db m72454) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Lone Sailor
The Lone Sailor Stanley Bleifeld 1984 U.S. Navy Memorial — Map (db m51898) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Queen Mary The Last Great Cruise October 31 - December 9, 1967 —
On the last day of October 1967, the RMS Queen Mary, the world's most famous ocean liner, would leave her native United Kingdom for the last time. Thirty-nine days and 14,500 nautical miles later she would arrive off the Southern California . . . — Map (db m131292) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Sovereign 1922 Architect: Charles S. McKenzie Builder: Wallace and Bush —
The oldest remaining highrise on the ocean bluffs, this unique "own your own" apartment building has provided elegant seaside living at the center of resort activity. — Map (db m72704) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Walker Building 1929 Architects: Meyer and Holler —
Originally Marti's Department Store, later Walker's Department Store, located in the heart of the city's retail district. Meyer and Holler were prominent Los Angeles architects, famous for many landmark buildings. — Map (db m72452) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Willmore
The Willmore has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1925 — Map (db m72637) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Transpacific Yacht Race - Long Beach to Honolulu
The Transpacific Yacht Race, 2,225 nautical miles to Honolulu, is one of the great ocean races of the world. First launched in 1906, the race now features as many as 80 yachts, all completing for a place on the Transpac Walk of Fame. Past winners . . . — Map (db m72450) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — US Post Office-Long Beach Main
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m72474) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Veterans Memorial United Aerospace Workers McDonnell Douglas Corporation —
[Panel #3] This Veterans Memorial is Dedicated by the Employees of McDonnell Douglas Corporation to Honor the Sacrifices of the Men and Women who Have Served Our Nation in War and Peace. More than 12,000 McDonnell Douglas Corporation . . . — Map (db m101481) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Villa Riviera 1929 Architect: Richard D. King —
When completed, the Villa was the tallest building on the Southern California Coast and its French Gothic design won an award in Paris. It survived the 1933 earthquake but was seismically strengthened and restored in 1989-90. — Map (db m72709) HM

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