"San Pedro~Home of USS IOWA" San Pedro by Yaqui

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On October 8, 1542, Cabrillo came across a marshland and natural harbor at the northwest end of San Pedro Bay and named the area Bahia de Los Fumas or “Bay of Smokes” after the smoke that rose from the nearby hillside of Native American hunters. Rancho San Pedro is the site of the first Spanish land grant in Alta California, New Spain.

San Pedro was named after St. Peter of Alexandria.The harbor in San Pedro was used as a trading post by Spanish missionary monks from Mission San Gabriel Arcángel. After the indepence of Mexico, the trade retrictions were lifted in 1822.. This led to the growth of settlements and new commercial ventures in San Pedro. By the time California joined in the Union, in 1848, business in San Pedro harbor was flourishing.

The Port of Los Angeles was founded in December 9, 1907, although San Pedro was annexed during that time, and the port became part of the City of Los Angeles, it is still home of San Pedro.

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  • Pros:Lots to see and do here~
  • Cons:Traffic!
  • In a nutshell:A unseen treasure!
  • Last visit to San Pedro: Dec 2012
  • Intro Updated Mar 29, 2013
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  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    A very interesting page! I'd like to visit a maritime museum and see the Battleship USS Iowa and amazing statue (I didn't see the original in San Diego).

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Great and wonderful San Pedro travel page. San Pedro certainly has a lot to offer to tourists. We especially like the Marina and Whalers Walk. Thanks for your virtual tour. ~ho & pang

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    I would love to take the tour of the USS Iowa. Last fall I was in Toulon and saw some of the present-day ships of the French navy, but from a distance only. They look quite different now, to make them nearly invisible to radar.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    love that point fermin lighthouse, great building. so much of the coast is beautiful and well developed, pretty pictures.

    • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
      Apr 2, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      Pt. Fermin was where I lived when I first returned to the US from 8 yrs in Australia; there was nothing there then, but I loved it! I must get up there to see what it is like now.....

    • Mikebb's Profile Photo
      May 6, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      Hi Dee, San Pedro looks a wonderful place to visit, something for everyone, history modern & old Spanish, WW11 naval , and what I enjoy most is the sea & pier.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Hi, Dee! Thanks for your very comprehensive and inspirational travel pages! It's always a pleasure to read them!


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