Newport Beach in the early 1900′s

The upper Newport Bay is an estuary, a place where fresh and saltwater meet and mix.  As one of the few remaining estuaries in Southern California, it is home to nearly 200 species of birds.  During the winter, as many as 30,000 birds can be seen here on any given day. Port Orange, also known …

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Views of Balboa

I was looking through Jeff Delaney’s book, Newport Beach, and found some aerial and view pictures of Balboa and Newport and thought I’d share them with you: In the 1890s, Edward J. Abbott brought soil from the mainland for planting these first trees on the peninsula.  The Abbotts planted palms, Monterey cypress, and eucalyptus trees. …

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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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