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September 10, 1924

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.~ t ~ ~ SANTA CATALINA ISLAND: .... ! ,N ALL THE WORL-- F,R weekly at Aval urists and travelers. L~eru~nt eball, r,dmg, fishing, sportsmen. Baseball*~tr%ming field for' Chicago "Cubs." walking, marine gardens Onexceuea accommoaanons. PIVE CENTS AVALON, SANTA CATALINA ISLAND CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 10, 1924. VOL. XI. NO. 32 t' The combination trip from :\vahm to counted distinctly ten cities that lie under n.e Isthmus, is a trip lonL to be remember- the shadows of" the snow-capped Sierra ed I " n seven-passenger touring cars, per- Madre Mountains. Sons taking this ride leave Avalon at 9 a. ~n., StopDine "tt the Isthmus, and returning x~ t ~ u -y ooat to Avalon. Arrangements can be tnade to make the outward excursion by boat and return from the Isthmus by auto- mobile. The easy-riding Pierce-Arrow automobiles assure'you of a comfortable ~n.(l pleasant outing. Only experienced rtvers are employed by the Catalina Jaunt- mg Car Compare Leaving the station at Awdon, the high- OWered car commences its climb up the ld.Stage Road, past St. Catherine's Church mcl the Old \Vireless Station (the first ~mmercial wireless station in the world). t every turn in the road there is a new The interior of Catalina Island as we leave the Summit and start toward Middle Catalina Wild Goats. Avalon Valley from Summit Road. View. From the \gireless station the ob- Server looks down into the clear water of Avalon Bay, with hundreds of sailing boats i~)nd motor craft. A full view of the board alk from the Hotel St. Catherine Pier to "Jr , t" er s Cove and Pebbly Beach as a sight nat often stirs the human emotions in ap- wonderful natural beauty On the road back of Descanso Canyon is a~Other remarkable view of the Golf [,inks, " Valon Valley, the Municipal Utilities light and power plant, and the large reservoir ~sed for the storage of the Middle Ranch Water. It w,~s over this mountain ridge that the early Indians of Catalina used to a t~:n titian tf~a v?r~t e c ~ {~'~ t l'n~/i12 ~abC~en e Lover's Leap is a sheer drop of 500 feet. l?arnsworth Spring was so-called be- CaUse it was the camp site for Captain t.arnsworth, who surveyed and supervised phte Construction of the road to the Summit. he scenic road was completed in 1897. e" Reaching the Summit, our upward Jmb is almost comDIeted. From this point Ot .~ e Vantage both sides of Catalina Island an be seen and, northward, the shores of ttle mainland. On a clear day persons have Ranch has scenic beauties that are not easily described. As the big Pierce-Arrow glides int~ the picturesque canyon we pass the site for the proposed billion-gallon water storage reservoir that will be built during the winter of 1924 by Mr. William Wrigley, Jr. "1'~ the ]eft i's the pipeline now supplying Avalon with water for do- mestic purposes. Some live miles to the right are the two highest points on the Island, Mt. Orizaba (2108 feet) and Mt. Black Jack (2000 feet). These mountains were the scene of mining activities in the early days, and are said to have been places of worship for the Catalina Island Indians (Pimugna tribe). Rolling along we enter the largest area of flat country on the Island. Here is lo- "Ning Po" Chinese Junk at Isthmus cated Middle Ranch, one of the most fertile spots known, upon which are grown fruits and vegetables of every description, figs, cantaloupes, watermelons, etc. At Eagle's Nest, now historical as the headquarters for hunting of Catalina wild goats, etc., considerable improvement has recently been made. Eagle's Nest derives its name from the fact that years ago, many golden headed eagles lived in the volcanic rock of that vicinity. Quite fre- quently these birds are to be seen soaring and cii'cling under the vast expanse of the blue sky. From Eagle's Nest our journey carries us to the west side of the Island, passing on the way wild goats, sheep, cattle, etc. Little Iarbor is famous as an Indian burial ground. In the early days, when "staging" with six and eight horses was the only means of crossing the Island, this group of buildings was the center of much activity among hunters and sportsmen. Af- Seven-Passenger Pierce-Arrow at Little Harbor near Isthmns. ter a twelve-hour ride by stage, the drivers of the "prancing horses" would round the curve and stop, refresh themselves, and permit their passengers to rest, while new horses were harnessed to the vehicle. Cabrillo's grave is said to be at uarry Point, north of Little Harbor. Through Little Spring Canyon may be seen various kinds of trees and vegetation that are only to be found on Catalina Is- land. Indian Head Rock,Torqua's Cave, Lion's Head, Frog Rock, and many other interest- ing points, are passed as we start down the last grade to arrive at the Isthmus. A trip to the Isthmus is never complete until you have visited the historic old Chin- ese junk "Ning Po," which lies in Catalina Harbor, on the opposite side of the Isth- mus. Concerning this old pirate vessel the guide will inform you that "It is one of the few remaining relics of bygone days. "The junk was built in Fu Chow, China, in 1753, by the Chinese government, to be used as a warship. It was well equipped with the latest guns and means of torture known to the Chinese at that time. Be- cause of its speed and size in later years (Contiimed on Page 11, Column 2) i