Historic Newport

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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Video Footage of Newport’s 1939 Hurricane

Balboa Hurricane

Did you know that an ocean cyclone touched down right here in SoCal? In 1939– an El Nino year– a hurricane-turned-tropical-storm touched down in Long Beach, sending waves throughout Southern California so strong that it actually destroyed the Newport Pier, washing away an entire 500 foot stretch of the 1050 ft structure. Cool fact: Handrails were added sometime in the 1980s– pretty recent! …

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Throwback: Shirley Temple, Balboa’s own

Shirley Temple

Today is Shirley Temple’s birthday.  As the story goes, Shirley Temple was first a local star of Balboa, being named the first “Miss Newport Beach” at the age of 13. The house she used to live in on Balboa Peninsula was in Peninsula Point near M Street, just past the Bartholomew house, at the closest point to the Coast Guard Beach (right …

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Throwback: El Ranchito Offers Original Prices today!

The Original El Ranchito

El Ranchito is offering its original menu prices on three items today and next Thursday to wrap up their 40th birthday celebration!  The original location has always been right here on Balboa Peninsula on the corner of Balboa Blvd and 28th St. Originally, it was just on the sidestreet  (pictured as the main photo here), where the traditional “Irish Fish Market” …

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Remember: El Ranchito Serving up Prices From 40 Years Ago TODAY!

El Ranchito

This Throwback Thursday has a place to visit!  Jump in to get some awesome food at a discount, and grab some 40th year anniversary memorabilia while you are at it!  The staff is doubled-up on this day and is able to quickly seat people who visit.  When I visited last Thursday with a co-worker, we immediately found seats at the bar …

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El Ranchito: Prices from 40 years ago are back again!

El Ranchito

How’s this for a Throwback Thursday? Every Thursday for the month of April, beginning on April 2nd, El Ranchito on the Balboa Peninsula will be serving up their historic lunch and dinner menus with their prices from when they opened in 1975– 40 years ago. This special deal and 40th birthday celebration only applies to the Balboa Peninsula location (they have 11 …

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Throwback: The Fun Zone (when it was still fun)

Do you remember the Fun Zone when it still attracted local kids and tourists?  Here is a collection of some of the older shots that I have found. Now’days, ExplorOcean has purchased the building.  The rides were pushed out in exchange for a museum that I’ve literally never seen kids in.  Rumors abounded: The shops had their rents denied for …

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Throwback: Balboa Ferry

Don’t you love the Balboa Ferry?  We’ve all taken countless trips on it, and it’s been here as long as anyone can remember.  Newport’s historic Beek family built the ferry service back in 1919, and have been running it since. Here is a collection of some great shots from the 1930s, and one from the 1920s! The original ferry prices were just a nickel …

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Throwback: Footloose (31 years ago)

Footloose

Whoops, we missed this anniversary!  On February 17, 1984, “Footloose” was released.  This movie was released over 30 years ago, making fun of a small, backwards town whose City Council was literally trying to ban dancing and rock music. Thankfully, America has grown in the last three decades and we now realize that music and dancing are actually enjoyed by human beings …

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