August 7th in Seal Beach History

 On this date in 1886, the Los Angeles Times ran a news item worth quoting verbatim:

Anaheim Landing is at present a lively camp. Mrs. Scott, of Anaheim, leased the old warehouse and has fitted it up as a camp life hotel, dividing it up into rooms and making quite a comfortable retreat. Persons so inclined can have all the pleasures of camp life without the trouble of concocting food supplies for the inner man. There are also about twenty tents there, occupied by Anaheim families. Editor Melrose wends his way down there Saturdays, and hopes the change will coax a little flesh onto his bony frame. The boating and fishing are excellent, as is the bathing.

This item is worth quoting because not only it is one of the earliest examples of public relations copy for our locale, but it also uses the lovely turn of phrase, “all the pleasures of camp life without the trouble of concocting food supplies for the inner man.”

Here are some photos taken two years later that show what Anaheim Landing was like after the shipping trade abandoned it for the railroads. I think Mrs. Scott of Anaheim might have been on to something.

1888 Anaheim Landing

1888 Anaheim Landing – Perhaps editor Melrose is one of the healthier gentlemen in the water after two years of coaxing flesh onto his bony frame.

1888 Anaheim Landing b

1888 Anaheim Landing – Tents probably occupied by Anaheim families

Anaheim Bay 1888 c

1888 Anaheim Landing – More tents

– Michael Dobkins

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3 Responses to August 7th in Seal Beach History

  1. Lonnie Brownell says:

    Too early for aerial photos, but I do wonder what vantage point those tent pics were taken from? Maybe the roof of the old warehouse.


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    I like your site! I was doing some research on Anaheim Landing, and would like to make a contribution in Bitcoin. If you like it, I hope you’ll put up a feature so that others can do the same.

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    • Michael Dobkins says:

      Hi btclove,
      Thank you for your kind words and generous offer to make a contribution via BitCoin. I know that there are a few Bitcoin plug-ins for WordPress, but they are not available for this particular WordPress theme. For the foreseeable future, it looks like PayPal will remain the only way to donate, although I might look into a Patreon account or a Kickstarter campaign at some point. Thanks.


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