Newport Railroad in the Late 1800’s

I keep on finding out more about our location’s past; this time it’s about the Newport Railroad built in the late 1800’s.  To read more about Newport Beach’s history, browse my “Local History” section in my blog. The Newport Railroad was built by the McFaddens and Joseph Bright and Company.  The first train over the …

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Cargo Shipping in Newport Beach

Although most don’t associate the affluent Newport Beach of current times with cargo shipping, this area used to be a key freight stop on the Newport Railroad and Newport pier.  The pier, and later the railway, were built by the McFadden brothers after they discovered that they could garner a significant profit by selling lumber …

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Newport Beach’s history in late 1800’s

I read some history on James and Robert McFadden’s contribution to the Newport Beach area in a book I recently bought (Newport Beach by Jeff Delaney) that I found interesting.  Here’s an excerpt from the book: “In 1868, James and Robert McFadden of San Francisco purchased 5,800 acres of the former Rancho Santiago de Santa …

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