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Exploring Orange County Beaches September 22, 2010

Posted by ucisca in Photographs.
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New UCI students will want to explore the many fine beaches in Orange County. Below are historic photographs of three of the most popular beaches:

Main Beach in Laguna Beach in approximately 1920. Notice the old pier, which no longer exists.

The south side of the Huntington Beach pier ca. 1910, now the location of major surfing competitions including the annual U.S. Open of Surfing every August.

Beach scene along the Balboa Peninsula ca. 1930s.

MS-R016.  Edward W. Cochems Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.



1. Chris Jepsen - September 23, 2010

Wondeful photos! Thank you for sharing them here! Ed Cochems was quite a photographer.

I’d guess the Huntington Beach photo is actually from 1914, when the new concrete pier opened. Notice that there are no buildings on the pier yet.


ucisca - September 23, 2010

Thanks for your help, Chris! I knew it was about 1910, but didn’t have the exact date on the concrete pier.

2. Steve - November 2, 2010

The Huntington Beach 1350′ pier in the picture was the 1st concrete pier built in the U.S., it was also the highest at the time. It was dedicated in June, 1914. The original 1000′ long wooden pier was destroyed in 1912 winter season.

On taking a close look at the barnacle and mussel growth on the outside of the pilings, this picture could have actually been taken around 1919? Just a guess based on the growth around the pilings.

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