This is the oldest throwback photo of Newport that I know of. It is actually a scan of the topographical maps before flight was even possible– back in the 1800s. This was before the Balboa Peninsula was even formed, and our bay was unrecognizable compared to its current form.
Collins saw the potential with Newport and created the peninsula using fill land from dredging the bay, creating what I believe to be the most perfect harbor on the West Coast.
Special thanks to Doug Westfall and his books, which allow us this unique view into Newports history– and many more. I highly recommend checking them out when you can, or purchasing them from SpecialBooks.com