January 29th In Seal Beach History

On this date in 1914, a deed was recorded transferring 13.85 acres owned by Isaac W. Hellman to Guy M. Rush. The property joined Seal Beach (formerly Bay City) on the East (just past 14th Street) and stood between the Pacific Electric red car tracks (Electric Avenue) and the high tide line. This property was divided into lots and was given the exotic name of “tract no. 1.”

The streets of tract no. 1 were more colorfully named with a nautical theme: Dolphin Avenue,  Seal Way, and Marine Avenue. The already existing Ocean Avenue  curved through tract no. 1 to meet Bay Boulevard (later renamed Seal Beach Boulevard). After Tent City and the Joy Zone were replaced by more housing, Seal Way was extended westward beyond 14th Street.

The mortgage on the entire property was a whopping $ 44,015.

This 1921 aerial view shows Seal Beach seven years after the sale of the lot:

The triangle spotlights the boundaries of Tract no. 1.

– Michael Dobkins

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2 Responses to January 29th In Seal Beach History

  1. Karla says:

    I so enjoy receiving these e-mails with interesting historical tidbits about my beloved Seal Beach!

    Thank you so much for your research and for sharing these!

    ~Karla

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