By Jennifer A. Garey, San Clemente Historical Society

Within the Nineteen Twenties, San Clemente founder Ole Hanson predicted a "Spanish Village" at the Pacific coast midway among l. a. and San Diego. His urban could have streets that the usual contours of the land. Sunny seashores and ideal weather enticed many to settle during this captivating neighborhood. recognized for its hospitality and neighborly surroundings, town turned host and residential to dignitaries corresponding to Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Pres. Richard M. Nixon. at the present time, specialist surfers, skate boarders, and small companies name San Clemente home--the ideal position for paintings and relaxation.

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The faint white lines in the center of the photograph are footprints of the concrete seawalls being built to the configuration of the harbor. ) 31 A few oil wells are still standing on Pacific Avenue in 1960. The roadway is connecting to the Ballona Creek Bridge, and more of the entrance channel has been dredged. Dirt roadways are intertwined throughout, as mud and sediment continue to be relocated. It is estimated that the volume of dirt relocated in the building of the marina would fill over eight Los Angeles Coliseums.

The future fuel dock is at the corner site of the upper landmass (center). A few oil wells remain on the peninsula. ) In order to maintain adequate tidal action and ocean flow into the Grand Canal, which will now open to the ocean through the harbor entrance channel instead of via Ballona Creek, two oil wells were removed and capped. In this 1959 photograph, the two coffer dams (circle area) are adjacent to the Lighthouse Bridge (center bottom) connecting the peninsula with the marina development.

48 As seen in the above photograph, taken in 1963, the “washing machine” wave action undermined the walkway along the seawall at Pieces of Eight restaurant (right). The damage was especially intense in the area next door, where the Harbor Administration Center is located on Fiji Way (below). The severity of the surge intensified the urgency for the US Army Corps of Engineers to speed up its short-term solution for immediate prevention of more damage as well as to develop a permanent safe-harbor plan.

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