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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.
Architect was Harbin F. Hunter, this Art Deco style commercial building is crafted of Roman brick, and incorporates... more travel advice
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