East Side, Before and After

Aerial Seal Beach – 1936 and 1947

We’re doing things a little different in today’s aerial photos.  Instead of presenting just one aerial photo,  we’d like to highlight the contrast between two similar shots taken eleven years apart.

May 23rd, 1936

This is what The area on the beach side of Electric Avenue and East of Thirteenth Street looked like almost eighty-five years ago.  Considering how jam-packed Seal Way and Dolphin Avenue is today, it’s startling to see so many empty lots.  The Pacific Electric line still runs to the end of Electric Avenue and crosses Anaheim Bay past Anaheim Landing and Surfside homes.

July 27th, 1947

Eleven years later, the Navy has transformed Anaheim Landing into a military harbor and almost all the homes that were there in 1936 have been relocated or demolished.  The Pacific Electric line has be re-routed at 15th Street to meet and follow the coast highway.  There are fewer vacant lots as the post-war economic and California real estate boom hits full stride.

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– Michael Dobkins

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1 Response to East Side, Before and After

  1. D Asahina says:

    Though the Pacific Electric tracks are now removed, there are still a couple of buildings that remain in Seal Beach that reflect the diagonal bypass route that the tracks took in order to convert Anaheim Bay into the military facility. To wit, buildings at 257 Seal Beach Blvd., 202 Fifteenth St. and 218 Sixteenth St. sit at an angle compared to their neighbors and the streets on which they’re located.


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