August 6th in Seal Beach History

 On this date in 1904, the Pacific Electric Railway ran this advertisement in the Los Angeles Times. This was only the second PE ad to mention the newly named Bay City and Anaheim Landing as destinations (The first ad was a holiday spread for Independence Day that ran in the July 3rd Los Angeles Times.)

Transportation to Bay City and Alamitos Bay via Red Car was not even two months old at this point. The first passenger run to Anaheim Landing was on June 12th when the Long Beach to Newport line only continued to the Bolsa Chica Gun Club. On July 1st, service was extended to Huntington Beach. Easy and affordable beach holidays had become possible for thousands of inlanders.

August_6_1904_PE_ad– Michael Dobkins


Have you enjoyed this and other This Date in Seal Beach History posts?

If so, please consider making a small donation of a dollar or more to help defray the online subscriptions and other research costs that make this blog possible.

Donations can be made securely with most major credit cards directly through PayPal. Just click on paypal.me/MichaelDobkins to go to PayPal. Thank you.

This Date in Seal Beach History also has an online store hosted at Cafepress where you can order shirts, tote bags, stationery, and other gift items imprinted with vintage Seal Beach images. Visit the online store by clicking here.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Seal Beach History and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to August 6th in Seal Beach History

  1. Lonnie Brownell says:

    Where is — or was — Seaside Park? End of the line then.

    Like

    • Michael Dobkins says:

      Seaside Park was actually a beachfront tract in Long Beach to the west of the Pier and Pavilion in Long Beach. It seems like an afterthought; all the other destinations listed were stops on the way to Huntington Beach on the Newport line that cut through Long Beach from Willow Street. To get to Seaside Park, you’d have ride into downtown Long Beach and then west on the new extension to Seaside Park.

      Like

      • Lonnie Brownell says:

        Ah, indeed, an afterthought. Although it wouldn’t have surprised me to find out that some well-known place in OC was formerly known as Seaside Park either.

        Thanks!

        Like

        • Michael Dobkins says:

          That was my assumption until I looked into it a little deeper.

          Another thing to keep in mind is that most of these destinations were planned real estate tracts, not cities that developed naturally and then were linked later by rail. If you take the marketing for these tracts separately, each one sounds singular and exciting. Once you see the real estate ads from the surrounding area, you’ll start to see how much competition there was and how desperate everyone was to stand out from the competition. The real estate market far exceeded the demand in those days, and it becomes easier to understand why Bay City and later Seal Beach never took off the way its founders wanted. Just too much competition (plus a lot of bad luck).

          Like

  2. Camille Beteag Thomsen says:

    I love these history tidbits of Seal Beach. So many amazing events that happened long before the years I grew up there. I look forward to each new story… Thanks Michael

    Like

    • Michael Dobkins says:

      My pleasure, Camille. Just imagine — the whole project was originally conceived as a one or two sentence twitter feed, but it’s grown far beyond anything I’ve intended.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s