HarborTown Histories: Newport Beach

A HarborTown History: Newport Beach HarborTown Histories is a series of unique stories on some of the most interesting California coastal towns by Gayle Baker, lauded historian and adventurer. And our very own Newport Beach itself is featured in one of her books! It’s hard to imagine the Orange County area of Newport Beach as …

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“Orange County Chronicles” lecture at Sherman Library

Sherman Library & Gardens will be hosting a evening lecture this Wednesday at 7pm on Orange County’s local history. Local historian Phil Brigandi will be discussing his new book “Orange County Chronicles” – which “contains ten informative essays that cover a wide span of local history, from the Portola expedition of 1769 to the post-WWII …

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Newport Beach fishing in the 1940s

From some of these pictures, fishing looks like it was much more popular in the 1940s than it is now–look at the pier covered with fishermen! “Built after the disastrous tropical storm of 1939, the new municipal pier is Southern California’s most famous fishing pier. During the storm, many small craft were destroyed, and a …

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Newport Beach city in the past

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted any of these fantastic pictures/postcards of our area in the past; so I’ve decided to begin again with these pictures of the Newport Beach city areas/city information from the 1940s: Here’s a picture of the new municipal parking lot in front of the Rendezvous Ballroom (now known as …

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