Newport’s hotels in the 1900′s

When the McFadden’s built the Newport Railroad, the beach became a popular and more accessible vacation spot for those living inland.  And with the increase in beach visitors, there came an increase in the number of hotels in the area.  The following is from Jeff Delaney’s book Newport Beach: The building of the railroad greatly …

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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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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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