October 25th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1915, Seal Beach was officially incorporated as a city. Or was it?

Here’s a little Seal Beach mystery that requires a little further research. October 25th is the official birthday.  It says so on the city web site. The county archives confirmed it in a phone call back in 2010. There was an incorporation election on October 19th, and the Orange County Supervisors officially recognized the election results on October 25th is the accepted narrative. 

Above you can see the current City of Seal Beach seal that pinpoints the city’s incorporation to 1915. Here’s an earlier version of the city seal:

At one time, October 27th was the officially accepted incorporation date. During the city’s jubilee celebration in 1965, October 27th was cited at the official date. So what changed? And when? And why?

– Michael Dobkins


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1 Response to October 25th in Seal Beach History

  1. Lonnie Brownell says:

    More copy editing, no need to post:
    “On this date in 1915, Seal Beach was officially incorporated as a city. Or did it?” “Or was it”, maybe?

    “…a phone call back in 201o”. 2010.

    And btw, this is really cool and weird! Love my old home town.

    Best —

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