Historic Newport

Throwback: Tarzan Rented Paddleboards in Newport?

Throwback Thursdays are BACK! Do you know Tarzan?  Well he knows Balboa Peninsula!  This photo was taken near the corner of Edgewater and Adams Street on July 16, 1936!   You may not know the name Johnny Weissmuller off the top of your head, but that was the actor who portrayed the Lord of the Jungle– better known to Newport …

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Throwback: Do you remember the Stuft Shirt Restaurant?

Stuft Shirt

Do you remember the Stuft Shirt off PCH? Today, since 2009, it is known as the high-end clothing store A’maree’s, but this building has a rich history of shoreline dining, with the Windows on the Bay (closed in 1996) being the latest restaurant and Cano’s restaurant preceding Stuft Shirt. Do you have memories of this beautiful building?

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Throwback: When The Cannery was a Club!

Many people know the Cannery as a great place for a glass of wine, a date, or an outing with friends– but do you remember when the Cannery was a club? The Cannery area was booming with life and entertainment, until the city shut them down back in the late 90s– until then, Cannery Village one of Orange County’s go-to places: http://articles.latimes.com/1999/aug/17/business/fi-919 So exactly …

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Throwback: OC Airport

Do you remember the OC Airport, before it was renamed John Wayne on June 20, 1979? The famous Delaney’s cafe was on the second floor, where the waitresses wore sailor dresses colored blue and gold (well before the infamous Blue/Gold internet dress).  Delaneys was known for their seafood– specifically their clam chowder– and contained a cafe, dining room, and cocktail lounge.  While …

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Trailblazing Pioneers Reach Avalon By Train

On this day on September 7, 1963, ‘The Balboa Island Punting and Sculling Society’ (a group of ‘millionaire’s and bums’), made the world’s first and only “train trip” to Catalina Island. They left Long Beach Harbor on a barge — pulled by a tug boat, and arrived in Avalon that afternoon. Consisting of one 1914 Parlor Car with 72 passengers, the …

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Throwback: Rare Photo of the Second Balboa Ferry

This rare photo is of the ferry called “The Islander” and was taken around 1915.   It was the second Balboa Ferry, whose service was taken over by Joseph Beek in 1919.  Beek who was one of the most influential early residents of the Balboa area.  He took the boat which was essentially a wrecked and abandoned hull, and repaired it on …

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Throwback: Flooding in the 70s

Fun Zone Flooded

As we have had more rain so far this month than the last 103 Julys combined, I thought it would be a good time to show some photographs of the flooding in prior years. Remember this El Nino year is actually heating up to a big degree (more to come on that) and you should start planning on how to deal …

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Throwback: The Oldest Throwback, Ever (the year 1800)

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 …

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