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PAGE TEN "SANTA CATALINA" By Thomas P. Swift (Commemoratin~ maiden voyage of steamshil) Catalina--June 30th, 1924). Catalina, realm of beauty, California's magic isle, Where Pacific's crystal waters, like the Lorelei beguile; As we gaze on ocean wonders, fairy gardens 'neath the sea, Catalina. nature's triumph, none on earth so fair as thee. Balmy air anti glorious stmshine, reign supreme in this fair isle, Rugged mountains, pointing skyward, tempt us here to bide awhile; Far from cities' rush anti turmoil. limpid waters lave the shore, While the rhythmic beat of ocean. plays on heart strings more and more. Glonous to~norrows always, as in the days of Don are here, Hours of glatlness, merry laughter, people from both far and ne'er; While on ear if we but listen, xnusic of the olden lime, Lures our fancy with a glimmer of 1he Island's early prime. O'er the waters blue as ~urquoise, fly- ingfish are seen to skim, As the rejoicing in a vision of life's sweet triumphant hymn. Fail human words to tell the story of this truly wonder spot, Pacific's jewel, earthly Eden, happy they who share thy lot. l~leted a system which takes water from the arge springs in Middle Ranch canyon and pumps it to the Summit, whence it is sent into the water mains of Avalon, &ud may be piped to any other point on the lsiand where needed. This ne,v ~upply of good Island water does away witia the necessity for bringing drinking water from the mainland. Almost 75,000,000 gallons of fresla water were used in Avalon during 1!;.22. Topographically, the Island is a series of high, precitpitous mountains aud deep can- ~ous--danfferous gorges that have a scenic eauty almost indescribable, it is sixty miles in circumference, superficially 48,438 acres. The volcanic origin provided manyinlets and bays that later collected silt and mnall pebbles, that uow form the various beaches so popular among the visitors, anglers and campers. The great charm and attractive- hess of the Island is. its ideal setting in the semi-tropical waters of the Pacific ocean; its mild and invlgoratmg atm~sphere; its almost daily sunshine, and the soft and gentle bree- zes that fan into restful quietnde the weary and exhausted wayfarer from the hamlts of comnlercial activity The adjacent waters Iurnish many womlers. Fish and marine vegetation, the marine gar- dens, seen through glass-bottom boats, are the delight and bewilderment of many thou- sands of tourists from all over the world. From 1602 to 1863, practically no histori- cal data is available that is of interest. It was "just an island m the Pacitic ocean," visited occasionally by vessels passing tip and down the coast. Captain Phineas Bannmg. Mr. Harris Newmark, and a party of friends visited the Island in I859, and the outing was considered a memorable one. The gold mmmg boom commenced in i863, when Mr. James Lick bought the property for $80,000, the title being a Mexican grant to Jose Maria Covarrubias, confirmed by Uuited States patent, ttundreds of mining claims were staked out near the Isthmus. At John- son's Cove streets were laid out for a town to be called Queen City. Then trouble com- menced: Catalina Ilarbor became famous for smugglel:s, and for its easy accessibility to California and Mexican "lawbreakers. On February 5th, 1864, Captain R. B. West, commanding the Fourth California Infantry, stationed at the Isthmus, gave orders for all miners and prospectors to leave. September 1864, the troops were withdrawn, and the barracks at the Isthmus still stand to the memory of those thrilling days. SANTA CATALINA ISLAND j ,ly i887, ,he t, ust .... i the j ...... estate sold Santa Catalina lsland to Mr. Ge~. HISTORICALLY REVIEWED R. Shatto for the .... f $200,000. An English mining syndicate later took an option ~ on the property, and in 1892, after conside'r- Santa Catalina Island has many other able litigation with the syndicate, Mr. Shat- names that have been given to it by writers to sold the property directly to the .Ban- of fame: "The Isle of Enchantment," "Thenlng Brothers. Mr. Shatto planned the town Magic Isle," "Avalon the Beautiful, .... The of Avalon, sold parcels of land for from $15u Isle of Silence," "The Fisherman's Para-to $1000, according to the location, and er- disc," "The Glorious Gem in the Opaline ected the first hotel of importance at Avalon. Crown of the Golden State." It is one ofPrevious to the opening of the Hotel Met- the most famous pleasure islands of the Pa- ropole, visitors camped in tents on the beach cilia coast, twenty-five miles from I,os An- then known as "Timm's Landing." October gales Harbor, an~t politically it is in Los 13, 1887, the possibilities of Avalon as a Angeles county It was first discovered in pleasure resort--"A Fisherman's Paradise," became known, and sincethat dayit has 1542, then "re-discovered" in 1602. Later his- been widely advertised. tory records private grants to 1892, when it was acquired by the Santa Catalina Island More than 200,000 tourists visit this en- Company, the corporation which still owns it, chanting isle each year. From 1892 to 1915, many hotels, apartment houses and private although the ownership of the company has cottages were erected. Then followed a dis- changed, astrous fire that caused a loss of almost In 1919, Mr. William Wrigley, Jr., acquir- $1,000,000. The historic "Metropole Hotel" ed ownership of the Island and the boat equipment, comprising the Wilmington Trans- was completely destroyed, as were many oth- er buildings located on the northwesterly portation Company. Immediately after the reorganizatio, of the side of the crescent-shaped "Bay of MoonsJ' "Greater Avalon," more beautiful, charm- Santa Catalina Island Company(February ins and attractive, is now a reality. 1919), real estate in Avalon was placed on A charming feature of Avalon is the board the market, and during the first year prae- walk along the sea shore extending from tically one million dollars worth of real as- the Hotel St. Cather ne to Pebbly Beach, a rate was sold to year-round or summer res- distance of two miles. idents. Under the stately eucalyptus trees in That Catalina is rapidly beeonl aS" the the territory formerly used by summer camp- "Garden Spot of the World" is a fact." It is ers, the new real estate owners outrlvaled each predicted that in five years the Isthmus, now other in the construction of artistic bunga- an "Hawaiian Village" will bid x, ery prom- lows. For weeks house-movers were busy. Daily isingly to become a sister rival to Avalon as some ancient landmark dissappeared, and in the "Queen Pleasure Resort of lbe Pacific." its place was commenced a permanent home. In trent of the dancing pavilion a new block of stores extended the business section of the water front. Still greater improvements have since been made in various parts of the town. In '1920 the reorganized Wilmington Transportation Company added to its cross- channel fleet then consisting of the steamers "Hermosa" and Cabrillo/' the splendid steamship "Avalon," carrymg 2000 passen- gers, at a cost of half a r/fillion dollars. T~ais year another new steamship2 the "Cat- alma," costing $I,000,000, and with aceomo- dations for 3000 passengers, will be added to the fleet. The vessel was launched May Srd, and will be placed in commission m time to handle the summer travel. During 1919 and every stunner since, many visitors have come to Avalon in flying boats, which are now operated by the Pacific Mar- ine Airways. The trip from San Pedro to Avalon is frequently made in less than 20 minutes. Both the Island Villa and Villa Park have recently been enlarged by the addition of several hundred bungalettes, which have ta. ken the place oi the canvas tents formerly used. In 1920 the Hotel Atwater was opened b.y the Santa Catalina Island Company. It ~s located on Sumner avenue, near the water front. It is a very complete modem hostelry. In 1919 the Hotel St. Catherine was open- ed. This beautiful place, on the ocean front, in Descanso Canyon, one-half mile west of Avalon, is a veritable dream of loveliness, with service fully in keeping with its delight- ful location. The hotel has just been en- larged. (See illustration on pa~e two.) That the coming years wdl witness an even more extensive development of Avalon --the queen of Pacific coast pleasure resorts --is certain, for it is rapidly taking its place as an all.the-year-round resort. Catalina Island's baseball Dark, the train- ing grounds for the Chicago Cubs is consid- ered by experts to be the most unique of all baseball grounds, With the introduction el steam shovels, trucks, etc., many of the old trails have been widened and made excellent roads. The road to Pebbly Beach the site of Grahwn Bros., reek quarry ts a picturesque tho:oughfare along the shoreline toward Seal Rocks. Since 1919 the Santa Catalina Island Com- pany has spent nearly a million dollars de- veloping water for Avalon. It t~as just corn- THE SUBMARINE GARDENS Among the marine specimens which may be viewed through the clear crys- Saline waters on the lava-like sea-floor at': R ELP AND MOSSES Iodine Kelp Chenille Moss Sea Grape Kelp lrish Moss Giant Bulb Kelp Feather Boa Moss Ribbon Kelp Ruby Moss Rainbow Kelp Feather Moss Red Alga Sponge Moss Sea Lichen Fleather Moss Bridal Veil Moss Coral Moss FISH AND SHELLFISH Garibaldi, or Octopus Golden Perch Sea Cucumber Blue Perch Sea Hare Blue Eyed Perch Sea Porcupine Silver Perch Jellyfish Wall Eyed Perch Sunfish Rock Bass Tiger Shark Opal Eyed Bass Sheepshead Striped Bass Moray Eel Ratfish Abalone Kelpfish Crawfish Candlefish Sand Crab Whitefish Starfish Sculpin Keyhole Limpet Ghostfish Sea Anemone The St. Louis Sporting News is on sale at Windle's Neus Stand. Magazines, newspapers, candies, ate., at WINDLE'S NEWS STAND. r THE CATALINA EARLY BREAKFASTS For Fishermen DAINTY BOX LUNCHES SANDWCHES To Put in Your Pocket HOT PLATE LUNCHES 'To Carry Out and AfternooO SERVED ON THE BALCONY IMPORTED FOOD SPECIALTIES AND BEVERAGE5 FRUITS ----- MEATS ---- BAKERY GOODS DAIRY PRODUCTS New Youth and Strength For the Aged and the Weak tffton are baetowed with amazing prompmeu by Korex Compound, recently discovered tonic-invigorator, according to users. Many tell of gratifying Improvement within 12 to 24 hours. Young folk who felt "old" say Korea readily restored their vigor and animation. Men 50 to 85 declare It has renewed their nerve force and glandular activity and mada them truly "young" again. Based on Euro- pean disfovery, formerly used secretly by famous physicians and pronounced by thou- sands the most remarkable invigorator and revitaltzer in their experience. Prepared in tablets, warranted to contain no "dope" or t|llegal drags. 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