Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A California Port Town - COG

I live in Lomita, California (which, doesn't have very interesting history) so I decided to instead research the town over, where my boyfriend lives: San Pedro, California.

For those of you who don't know where San Pedro is, it is located right across from Long Beach and borders the Los Angeles Harbor.  (For you locals, one end of the 110 freeway ends in San Pedro).

This area of California has a very rich history.  Sailors were known for being in this area in the late 1600s and early 1700s and often docked in the area.  It quickly became a small port town, with sailors trading goods with the Mexicans that lived in the area (This area was part of Mexico at the time).

More recently however, San Pedro has served as a small port town, bringing goods to Los Angeles.  Most of the people that lived here were sailors or fisherman.

During World War II, there was a Japanese population in San Pedro.  Some owned stores and property - and unfortunately, the government placed these people in internment camps.  When the Japanese were released, many left the area.

From then on, San Pedro has spent it's time being a charming little town.  With the Spanish architecture and an appreciation for the sea, San Pedro has charm.  In fact, you can get some of the best breakfast at a little place called Pacific Diner.  This place is almost almost packed - but definitely worth it.

We also some some of the best tide pools ever, which my mom used to walk me along when I was a kid.  There are some beautiful beaches along the coastline too.


Bill West said...

I enjoyed the post, Elyse. Those tidal pools must have been fun!