Silicon Beach History

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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April 7, 2016

The Z-Boys and Dogtown USA

Who would have thought waterless pools and imagination would have lead to an entire cultural revolution? 

Innovative places like Dogtown thrive on cultural diversity of the artistic and the technical, but in the case of Dogtown, constraint also drove invention. “In important ways, the rise of skateboard culture in ...

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March 25, 2016

Venice Beach Pier- The History of the World Famous Peir

Did you know that the very first Abbot Kinney Venice pier was never even used? That’s right, the winter storms of early 1905 totaled it and 1000 laborers were set to work around the ...

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March 8, 2016

The Ballona Wetlands of Silicon Beach

Sometimes it is easy to forget that the places we visit daily were once nothing but water, tress, and dirt. Marina Del Rey is one of the most populated and built up waterways in Southern California. Today there is little left of the natural wetlands that used to span from ...

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Jan. 5, 2016

The Venice Canals

Venice, California was a beach resort town founded by the tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney in 1905. The entrepreneur and dreamer won the land in a coin toss and quickly hit upon a brilliant marketing strategy to replicate Venice, Italy. 

The canals were built on what were then the Southern ...

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