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Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo led the first European expedition to explore what is now the west coast of the United States. Cabrillo departed from the port of Navidad, Mexico, on June 27, 1542. What is Santa Monica Bay, he dropped anchor here while exploring the west coast along California. Franciscan Father Juan Crespi while traveling with the Gaspar de Portola?s expedition party called this area Santa Monica ?Who wept for her wayward son due to the natural springs. Once free from Spanish rule in 1828, this area gets divided into three land grants entitled Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica, Rancho Boca de Santa Monica and Rancho La Ballona. By 1887 8.3 square miles gets incorporated as the city of Santa Monica. In 1893 it sees it first wharf making it a major port for shipping. By the roaring twenties it becomes a hot spot for celebrity realty and rest is continuing history.

Been coming since I could drive myself. We use to ride our motorcycles down here all the time. It has been at least ten years since we were here last. What a change. Not sure if I like the amusement park, but I always loved the historic carousel and the building that houses it. I will admit we did not like to swim here, because the reseviors from LA would dump right into the ocean and it was always toxic. It is nice to see they built a water treatment plant so the water now can be treated...Amen.

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  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    We have heard a lot about the beauty of Santa Monica. We would certainly love to visit the location one day. Santa Monica Pier and Beach are certainly two of the great places to visit and explore in Santa Monica. Thanks for sharing this great destination. ~ho & pang

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Feb 2, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      Thank you for stopping by. Lots to do here. The downtown area has lots to offer too.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Enjoyed your page Dee, it is good that they cleaned up the polluted waters, the beach is to be fully enjoyed. The amusement parks always draw me, especially the old ones.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Jan 20, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      Santa Monica is a great place to visit. So much to do there. The beaches are great. Thanks for stopping by Mike.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Good that they have cleaned up the water at Santa Monica beach. It must have been frustrating in earlier times to have such a great beach but not be able to swim because the water was polluted. Great that 3rd Street has been a pedestrian mall since 1965.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    What a great page, Dee. Love the promenade, mural, carousel, pier, and the architecture. Another group of powerful photos, too.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2011 at 3:35 AM

    Great page with many useful info. A very nice place to spend a holiday on a beach where are a lot of entertaining. Thank you Dee for the virtusal tour there!

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    seems california is the land of murals and historical monuments. paralleling smurrf we have the swma or solid waste management authority about a half mile from our place. yukk.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Very informative page Dee and should come in handy if we make it to the USA next May. Thanks for visiting my Lauterbrunnen page.

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Hi Dee, another great adventure, I see! Many nice historic sites in Santa Monica. It's interesting to see America's version of a Hippodrome, after I recently visited the site of Istanbul's ancient Greek and Roman Hippodrome!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Hi, Dee! What a marvelous place! Thanks for your wonderful description! Happy May Day!~

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