Here’s a glimpse of some of the areas in Newport Beach, in the 1940s–driving down the streets of Newport Beach, Corona del Mar and Balboa is such a different experience now than back in history!
Can you believe that not that long ago, Balboa Island was mostly underwater, with a few clustered mudflats and sandbars? What a difference!
This postcard shows the bridge connecting the western tip of Balboa Island to Collins Island.
According to Jeff Delaney in his book Newport Beach: “In 1936, entrepreneur Al Anderson leased the bay front area between Washington Street, Palm Street, and Bay Avenue from Fred Lewis. Anderson cleared the land and began putting up amusement features. He christened his new amusement park the Fun Zone.”
“Located on the Newport Harbor, the Fun Zone added games and rides over the years” (Jeff Delaney, Newport Beach).
All information and photos are from Jeff Delaney’s book Newport Beach.