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America's Port - A Harbor Primer

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 23, 2011 03:30pm | Post a Comment
THE HARBOR

Map of the Harbor
Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of The Harbor

The Harbor
is the region of Los Angeles County centered around San Pedro Bay. It is the site of both the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, which together form the fifth-busiest port facility in the world (behind the ports of Shanghai ( 上海), Singapore, Hong Kong (香港), and Shenzhen (深圳) -- all in Asia). It was originally a shallow mudflat known to the indigenous Tongva as the Bay of Smokes. It was dredged in modern times to an average depth of ten to twenty meters. Natural islands in the Harbor included Terminal Island, Mormon Island and Dead Man's Island. The latter was removed, the second was connected to the mainland and the first is a highly augmented mudflat. There are four artificial islands built around oil rigs; Freeman, Grissom, White and Chaffee Islands. If one figure can be credited with the Harbor's transformation, it's Delaware-born Phineas Banning.

 

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Long Beach - The International City

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 29, 2011 01:36pm | Post a Comment

LONG BEACH

Long Beach aerial view


Long Beach
is the largest city in The Harbor region and the second largest in LA County. Its old nicknames, "Iowa by the Sea" and "Iowa under Palm Trees" came from the large numbers of white middlewesterners who moved there in the middle of the 20th century. Depending on opinions, it's also nicknamed "Wrong Beach" and "Strong Beach." A popular acronym for the city is "LBC," which originally stood for Long Beach Crips (as well as Luton Borough Council, Lakeside Bible Camp, Lymphoid Blastic Crisis, Linux Based Cluster, Loose Bladder Construction and many other things). Now, most people use it to mean "Long Beach City" or "Long Beach, Cali."

Long Beach Lighthouse
The lighthouse in the distance
 

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