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A brief history of the ride A check for bison Excerpts from the Catalina Islander, March 5, 1970 FROM THE MUSEUM - BY JACK SARGENT Dreaming of a road from Avalon to the Isthmus, in the old days, was somewhat of an engineer's night- mare. But, then, in 1897, Samuel Farnsworth arrived on the Island. And actually built one. Wishbone Loop and Farnsworth Loop, en route to the Summit, and six lively horses. presented major problems. But Charles Keeler, visiting author, Farnsworth got around them.thought it was a thrill. You can When the road reached Middle almost feel the wind in your face Ranch, Avalon celebrated. (Middle and hear the thudding of hoofs Ranch in 18987 Of course!)When as he tells about it and Win(lie's it got to Little Harbor, the town History quotes him. William threw another party. Banning, the driver, " ... gath- Making and tempering tools ers the reins of the six horses in with a portable hand forge, sharp- his hands, cracks his whip and ening them on a grindstone that away we go. The intelligent lead- you pumped with your foot, using ers prick up their ears and seem mules and picks and shovels, the to enter fully into the spirit of the road crawled on, until, on June 1, run. The driver holds the brake 1898, it ended at the Isthmus. with one foot, and as we swing Since 1920, of course, the road around a curve, deftly gathers in has been improved. It has been the reins and turns his six horses widened, surfaced and made so on the very brink of precipice. safe that huge buses can travel "Bowling down the road at a over it with ease. And many other merry pace, we come upon a pre- have been added. But, in the old days, Wishbone cipitous headland where the road turns in an ingenious loop. The Loop that famous U-turn on the horses seem about to plunge off way down from the Summit-- into space, but the leaders sud- could be a mighty thrill. When the denly turn and gracefully execute trip down the length of the Island the curve. Then down again, on and back was made by stage coach the homeward run. AUTO, COMMERCIAL, HOMEOWNERS & LIFE INSURANCE PUBLIC NOTICE INTERIOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN thai On s(~er 30, 2014 the City of Avalon begins it's Annual Registration f~all Interior Residential Vehicles and will continue through November 3, 2014.Vehicle permits renewed after 4:30 p.m. November 3, 2014 shall be considered late, and will be required to pay a "late renewal charge" of $25.00 per permit, in addition to the regular renewal fee of $30.00. If you wish to register a vehicle at this time, you may drive it down to City Hall, and bring proof of current regisb'ation. You must also be prepared to provide proof of Interior Residency. INTERIOR PERMIT HOLDERS, WHO RAVE RELOCATED TO AVALON, ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO RENEW THEIR INTERIOR VEHICLE PERMITS, AND INTERIOR PERMITTED VEHICLES CANNOT PARK OVERNIGHT IN AVALON Answers on page 14 ON PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PROPERTY ON MORE THAN AN OCCASIONAL BASIS! Registration for vehicles will be conducted at City Hall, 410 Avalon Canyon Rd., between the hours of 9:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:30. The fee for renewal is $30.00 per permit. ALLPERMIT HOLDERS WITH OUTSTANDING TRAFFIC CITATIONS MU~TAK]EGARE OF THESE OBLIGATIONS BEFORE RECEIVING THEIR STICKER. "~ :~ ::: Note: The vehicle clerk will be visiting Tw~Harbors 0n Wednesday, October, 8 at 10:00 am. ff you park your car in the di~ lot just]cave a copy of your current registration and payment in the car. r~ Please call Dudley Morand at City Hall (314 510-0220 Extension # 160 if you have any questions. Published:The Catalina Islander Sept. 26, Oct. 17 "We wonder at the skill of- the driver and intelligence of the horses, while the stirring grandeur of the mountain and ocean fill us with awe." Capt. Banning was only one of the old-time six-in-hand stage- coach drivers. Hancock Banning was another. And so was A. A. Caraher later to become one of Avalon's mayors--and Charlie Parker, who stuffed so many fish- es. All worthy pioneers and all represented in some fashion at the Catalina Island Museum. Blanny Avalon Hagenah, president of Las Caballeras, presents Joe Kalla, the Catalina Island Conservancy's chief operating officer, with a $1,000 check on behalf of the Las Caballeras membership for the Bison Drought Relief Fund. The membership then matched and exceeded the dona- tion, giving more than $2,200 in total for Bison Drought Relief Fund. The check presentation came during the organization's 20th annual week of camping, camaraderie and cowgirl fun on Catalina Island Sept. 30- Oct. 5. 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