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1 1 tl William Banning was one of the stage coach drivers FROM THE CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM Dreaming of a road from Avalon to the Isthmus, in the old days, was somewhat of an engi- neer's nightmare. But, then, in 1897, Samuel Farnsworth arrived on the Island and actually built one. Wishbone Loop and Farnsworth Loop, en route to the Summit, presented major problems. But Farnsworth got around them. When the road reached Middle Ranch, Avalon celebrated. When it got to Little Harbor, the town threw another party. Making and tempering tools with a portable hand forge, sharp- ening them on a grindstone that Six horses pulled the stage coach along the road from Avalon to the Isthmus. File photo from Catalina Island Conservancy you pumped with your foot, using Since 1920, of course, the road mules and picks and shovels, the has been improved. road crawled on, until, on June 1, It has been widened, surfaced 1898, it ended at the Isthmus. and made so safe that huge buses can travel over it with ease. And "Bowling down the road at a many others have been added, merry pace, we come upon a pre- But, in the old days, Wishbone cipitous headland where the road Loop--that famous U-turn on the turns in an ingenious loop. The way down from the Summit-- horses seem about to plunge off could be a mighty thrill, when the into space, but the leaders sud- trip down the length of the Island denly turn and gracefully execute and back was made by stage coach the curve. and six lively horses. "Then down again, on the Charles Keeler, visiting author, homeward run. thought it was a thrill. "We wonder at the skill of You can almost feel the wind the driver and intelligence of the in your face and hear the thudding horses, while the stirring grandeur of hooves as he tells about it and of the mountain and ocean fill us Windle's History quotes him. with awe." William Banning, the driver, Capt. Banning was only one " ... gathers the reins of the six of the old-time six-in-hand stage- horses in his hands, cracks his coach drivers. whip and away we go. Hancock Banning was another. "The intelligent leaders prick And so was A. A. Caraher--later up their ears aiad seem to enter to become one of Avalon's may- fully into the spirit of tile run. The ors--and Charlie Parker, who driver holds the brake with one stuffed so manY fishes. foot, and as we swing around a curve, deftly gathers in the reins DAn excerpt from the and turns his six horses on the Catalina Islander, March 5, very brink of precipice. 1970. higher up on the beach, punctur- From page 7 ing the plane's only float in the process. He was not amused and away to give a speech at a lun- he was even less amused when he cheon held in his honor, learned that a visiting Shriner had When Martin returned to his "autographed" his plane. plane, he learned that over-eager Because of the punctured float, members of the welcoming crowd Martin knew that once his plane had "helpfully'? pulled his craft LIC #738968 24 HOUR SERVICE CALLS RESIDENTIAL- COMMERCIAL- INDUSTRIAL GENERATOR SALES & INSTALLATION Repairs / New Const I Remodel / Tenant Improvement AVALON 310-510-9239 OFFICE 310-029-5007 was in the water again it would start to sink. Because of this, he changed his return flight plan to a course that would take him first of mail to deliver to the mainland When his friend Charles Day (one of the first airmail deliveries began wading into the surf to help, in U.S. history), Martin fired up Martin reportedly yelled at him, his craft and lifted off the waters - "Go back, Charley! Go back! to Long Beach and then down the coast back to Newport. The new course would not only mean he would spend less time over the water, but should he have to ditch he would find himself in the middle of a much busier ship- landed once again in the waters of ping lane. Newport Harbor. After filling his fuel tank from Predictably, the plane began to a pitcher he borrowed from the sink as Martin struggled to get the Glenmore and accepting a sack craft ashore. of Avalon Bay. You'll ruin my watch!" Although the new course would Martin's historic flight was not be safer it would also add an addi- only the first flight to Catalina tional 45 minutes to the flight. Island, it was also the longest But the return trip went without over-water flight in world history a hitch and at 5:17 p.m. Martin to date and the first time in history that a plane had taken off from water and landed on water in the same flight. Martin was a true pioneer among aviation pioneers and is credited with not only teaching men like William Boeing, Donald Douglas and Lawreffce Bell to ff~/,' but--perhaps just as important-- teaching these men how to design and build aircraft. He also men- tored other significant pioneers in aviation such as Jack Northrop and James McDonnell. Ttie same year as his Catalina flight, he founded the Glenn L. Martin Company, the first in a line of aerospace companies that would bear his name, includ- ing Martin Marietta and today's Lockheed Martin. On Dec. 5, 1955, Glenn Martin passed away in Baltimore, Maryland, a city that is now the location of the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum. Fun, Exciting & Unique Toys For All Ages! Pet Supplies Games Puzzles Arts and Crafts Books Educational Toys Video Games Indoor/Outdoor Sports Items And so much more! 233 Sumner Avenue (310) 510-9117 Across from Mini-Golf Course I am honored by all the hard work and support that went into making my campaign successful. Thank you to everyone who believed in me, supported me and voted for me. I know the future of Avalon will be brighter if we all work together to preserve and protect the town we all love. I am looking forward to hearing from you about how you think we can make Avalon a better place. 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