Silicon Beach History

Feb. 11, 2021

Black History Month in Los Angeles

Black History Month in LA

Books in Black Wooden Book Shelf


Supporting Black-Owned Businesses


Black History Month has been officially recognized by the United States government since 1976, but national celebrations of Black history began when the Association for the Study of African American Life and History celebrated Black history during the second week ...

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Feb. 6, 2020

Santa Monica Canyon—The Countryside of Santa Monica


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Jan. 29, 2020

The Venice Canals


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Jan. 23, 2020

One Man's Dream: The History of Marina del Rey


Today, Marina del Rey is one of the most popular spots in Silicon Beach for tourists, watersports enthusiasts and businessmen alike. But in 1887, Marina del Rey was nothing more than one man’s dream.

The Dream

M. C. Wicks was a real estate agent who envisioned turning the Playa ...

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Feb. 21, 2019

Marina del Rey and it's Rich History in Oil




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March 26, 2018

The Allure of the Santa Monic Canyon

Photo via Creative Commons


Santa Monica is one of the most sought-after places to live in Southern California, and the Santa Monica Canyon is one of the most exclusive parts of this community.


Santa Monica Canyon, known simply as the "The Canyon" to the people who call it ...

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July 6, 2017

Tour the Ballona Wetlands in Playa del Rey

Every year the Friends of Ballona Wetlands hosts an informational get together to educate the public on the Salt Marshes and Dunes in Playa del Rey.  Come on by at 1:00 PM on Friday, July 7th to learn about our coastal ecosystem and explore this area that ...

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May 13, 2016

How Howard Hughes Shaped West Silicon Beach

Photo: SDASM Archives

Howard Hughes was an aviator, engineer, movie producer, entrepreneur, and one of the most successful businessmen that the country has ever seen. During his life, he was known as one of the most financially successful individuals in the world. This financial success helped build the areas ...

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May 8, 2016

Muscle Beach and its Rich History

Photo Credit: Joey Mink

Muscle Beach was established on the beach area south of the Santa Monica Pier in 1933 as a part of a beachfront movement of gymnasts, acrobats and many other athletes who joined together on a small section of the Santa Monica coastline. It was established ...

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April 14, 2016

The History of the Marina Peninsula


Marina del Rey in Silicon Beach

Marina del Rey Peninsula has a colorful history; it just doesn’t venture back that far. Only 50,000 years ago Marina Peninsula was completely underwater.

Lowering sea levels exposed a tidal marsh fed by the Ballona Creek, which was then settled upon by natives about 3-5 thousand years ago ...

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