May 7th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1950, Duff Lumber Company advertised in the Long Beach Independent.

May_7_1950_Duff's Lumber_Yard_adKnown to locals simply as the lumberyard, Duff (under one name or another) was the go-to spot for construction materials in town into the seventies. It took up a good part of the lot now occupied by the entire Bay City Center on Pacific Coast Highway.

Here’s an aerial view of Seal Beach taken two years after this ad. There are plenty of long gone landmarks in the landscape, but we’re going to focus on the lumberyard just off the Pacific Coast Highway as it curves in a few blocks from Main Street.

Here’s the same photo with the footprint of the lumberyard highlighted in green.

And finally, here’s a magnified view of the lumberyard from the same photo.

If anyone has photos from the lumberyard, please contact us.

– Michael Dobkins

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