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30, 20t2 125 YEARS AGO, 1887 By Chuck Liddeil Beginning with this issue, the lated on the hanging wall of the lind is unique to itself geologically, Catalina Islander's weekly continent or were carried as much with little or no relationship to the "Time Capsule" column will as twenty miles beneath the earth's other Channel Islands. To this day go further back in Catalina surface." the island is rising, the rise exceeds Island's history than ever The Buffums went on to pard- the erosion." before. In addition to the phrase Martin: "The very structure Quoting from "Santa Catalina regular segments covering of the rocks changed by the im- Island: It's magic, people, and his- 75, 50, 25 and 10 years ago,mense head and pressure, trans- tory;' by William Sanford White this column will periodically forming some sediment to marble with Steven Kern Tice, page 13, feature a special "Catalina and bending layers into bizarre ." Catalina's early residents de- Rediscovered'segment cover- shapes. Martin said the debris scended from the Shosbonean ing Avalon's history, begin-scraped off by the collison formed peoples of Wyoming. These tribal ning with this one of 125 the barely submerged embryonic groups passed into the southwest years ago. island of Catalina, while the mol- from the Great Palins over a pc- ten material jammed beneath the riod of centuries. The group that 310(]~-2hlt/2kllh+ Based on documents from the continent helped lift up the Si- settled in what are now Los An-~,~ftyWd&~ Catalina Island Museum's ex-erra Nevada. Sometime between geles and Orange Counties and on 90"1~i +]-. $499,000 ~~!"ilE~CdIE, AT am ErawT'/ ! tensive archive of journals, such twenty and five million years the southern Channel Islands were llgOii $treet-heediUeViewl as the Catherine MacLean Loud ago, in the late Miocene period, the 'Tongva' people." The nameH01M[MIIill 1921. $F +/-10t. lm manuscripts, contemporary news- the block on which Catalina rests often given them, "Gabrielino," papers, oral histo~ interviews moved about 100 miles north from was a Spanish designation to them $1,200s000 and even old photographs, "Time its earlier location near the present eventually being under the author- 120 It ~- ~View ~ Vik |'53 - ] ~i 28A, ote,ll $55tl, ooo CapsulC' will cover Avalon's very Baja California border and rotated ity of the San Gabriel Mission./i~ ~- 28~ 1.75 B/L ~ ~- ! beginnings, starting in the year 60 degrees clockwise to reach its These native people go back pos- BR, l.Wl~lalgelkdt.lkl:0i/ILI2- t7-2Odl~slopropedy.Eid 1887. If you have any questions, present position." sibly seven thousand years or e~een Was $708,~0; Now ,~i~1"3,|00 [htilw/wt~ rlil~. $625,000 suggestions, or comments, please Martin was further quoted, "In longer. By the time that the natives send them to me: Liddell@Cata- addition, the island was subject to. were forced to leave the island in 342 .Tmmm-(kem lluth ~ 2-27--2 B0, 2 BA, Gre linas.net verticle movement and changes in the 1820's, only a handful of resi- ~ 2 fill, 2 BA, ~$n~, V'le~dthe(kll $,Td~ga000 As a preamble to the events of sea level, change's that are still oc- dence, including Sven "Swayne" $499,000 "modem day" Catalina, I felt that curring~ Thus, Catalina was once "Hoodlum Joe" Larsen (born Oc- 351 Gnlkm-681), 6 ~ 1-57- 1 Bil, I Ilk w/viral it was helpful to literally go back larger than it is now. A mile or so tober, 1823, Norway,) who had ~/le~lhel:l~L~La.Wd] ~oul~~|.~!lg,000 to the "beginning." In order to do seaward from the present shore been living at "White's Landing" M01~l,~99,000 ~ 10"T/, 2 ~, ~ ~t, 1~ this, I consulted the book, "Cata- and eighty feet beneath the sealies since 1859, remained. 316 Wlkiliq-Tr ex3BOfZ i tadl $524,000 lind Saga: An Historical Cruise a vast, wave-cut terrace with val- "Catalina Island" has taken on Around Santa Catalina Island"ley once cut by streams. This ter- many names. The "Tongva" people~/1~; ]~/lLik Glreolhwasl- written by Richard and Marjorie race is the remains of an ancient named this "Pimu" or "Pemu'nga." $1199,1t00 VI 17AIO 2ilI),2gA, Buffum. On page 12 and 13, they shoreline. Further uplift and down When Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo 3~ ~- ~- t/~ Unil,~, ~ ~ ~- 1 BO, 1 gA, tlrlew, discussed the findings of Terrence drop, along with changes in sea "discovered" this island, on Oc- ll~V0t01ml~iu~Ye0~ D. Martin, former resident natural- level have altered the island's size tober 7, 1542, he gave it the name ~ bnlllk~T/~,000 I~ 8 ~1~, ~ ~ $,$115~100 ist for the "Santa Catalina Island at various times." The Buffams fin- of "San Salvador" after his flag Conservancy," of the origins of ish by saying, "Martin said, adding ship. Sebastian Vizcaino named II~IstlII~I2-IBI~I~ 4-13-h kn It lo, Catalina Island, which was con- there is evidence that the island the island, "Santa Catalina" on797 fl bdUal.$325,000 tained in his book, "Santa Catalina may have turned around on its base November 24, 1602, the date be- ~ ~rlew ~ ~ ~1119,{1~ Island Adventure." As" stated in twice during its most active, for- ing the day of "Saint Catherine of ! 1 If/b0lh. their book, "Martin believes that mative period. What's more, Cata- Alexandria." Voeolienl~'milindudecL about 100 million years ago the finolK~klwoildl~,000 211 Clodsso-$1,299,000 continental plate, on which Cata- lina is located,qay somewhere off Dmmem - 3BI $2 kvbw Tin'ram- $499,000 the coast of-Baja Califomia. The 125 ~ ! ~,1 ~k~ I~- ~)~II,~ plate moved westward until it col: 162 ~ ~" $~(J~ lided with the Farallon plate off Northern California. A slow-mo- View Lots" Bddy '/I7 A - I ,000 fion collision occurred beneath dt'mm onl 41ots ihllliel.Vla l-59--$499,000 the sea's surface, creating a cata- $3 ,0001o$4 ,000 19I bMrTmm-$/99,5~ clysmic stew of sea, steam, molten ~ Temlte Lots - 81~ld ~" Vi~ 2-32 - $379,000 rock, and sediment." Quoting Mar- dte0m h0nle 0~ I Ol ~101~ tin, "Hard basalt crumbled; other $ .S0,0001 $1, ,0 0 227 ~ it- Ir/ 0 rocks bent like taffy; the North American plate actually rose as 333(II1~-~.~000 the Farallon plate was driven un- H(VUe4-16-t Ell, 2 lrme II/Vkeedd -$925,000 demeath it--a process known as V0 li0n Ile,9t ,000 ' 257 E. - $699,000 'subduction? Sediments and basalt 316 Unit I~1 U, 1 8/t 87 Vislo - $305,000 fragments, scraped from the ad- :*~-|lil, l ~11~3~$111~,~t~,000 vancing Farallojn plate, accumu- N I CO LETTE S H E R I DAN 2"/6 ~lrlssa" $81t9,000 iIC 18-.74.- 3 lk d/3 Bed,V'my. $74 ,ooo 38 $b3 ,ooo '" STUFF" Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editodal horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For rnore information, 15 PROM I THE CARDS? contact the editor at ed@cinews.us. THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, March 30, 20] 2 :, 3