Huntington Beach, California (Images of America)
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Incorporated in 1909, Huntington Beach remained a sleepy seaside town until the city's legendary oil boom in the 1920s. Wells sprang up overnight, and in less than a month, the city's population more than doubled. As the area developed culturally through the decades, the once tiny farming community increased its size with 25 miles of annexations to become one of Southern California's major tourist destinations. Pictured here in nearly 200 vintage photographs is the evolution of this small seaside village into a classic, Southern California beach city, known as Surf City to nearly a million tourists a year. Showcased here are images acquired from city records, including shots of the famous Huntington Beach Pier as it evolved over the century, rare amateur photos of one of the largest gushers in city history, vintage beach scenes, rarely seen historic aerial views, images of the turn of the century "Tent City," the infamous flood of 1938, and nostalgic shots of the Saltwater Plunge.
it a job or hobby for them? What was the weather like? The moment I click my shutter, I know I have made a connection with that person who stood there before me. Forever we are joined in that frame. And what an interesting way to measure change: the results of side-by-side historic comparisons can be thrilling, revealing, or downright depressing—but always fascinating. Lining up the shots is not as easy as it might seem either. Landforms can change over time, property is regarded, and lenses
across the nation, the allure and carefree spirit of the beach lifestyle took root. Today Huntington Beach still earns its nickname—it is home to the International Surfing Museum, the U.S. Open Surfing Championships, and some of the best year-round recreational surfing in the country. The famous Huntington Beach Pier—first built in 1904, rebuilt in 1914, 1940, 1988, and finally to its current length in 1992—remains the focal point of the city’s Main Street district and a symbol of rejuvenated
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ran up and down the coast. The famed Golden Bear Café opened in 1929 at what is today 306 Pacific Coast Highway. It can be seen here at the left of the early-1930s photograph near the intersection of Main Street and Ocean. To the upper right of the image, you can also see a bit of the metal archway that used to greet visitors in the 1930s. The Golden Bear was razed in the mid-1980s. The pier at Huntington Beach has had its share of challenges from strong Pacific storms. The “then” photograph
posed just in front of Snyder’s Photo Studio, located right where Main Street met Ocean. It is the site today of Jack’s Surfboards, and only the building to the far left still exists. Ocean Avenue in Huntington Beach just after the dawn of the 20th century was still just a dirt path. Beach cottages line the road to the right of the horse-drawn buggy, and the new Pacific Electric train station can be seen to the left in the distance (along with what appear to be more animals crossing the road).