November 22nd in Seal Beach History

An early colorized photo postcard shows some of the soon-to-be removed sand dunes of Seal Beach

On this date in 1913, the Santa Ana Register reported that a land dredger, a rarity in 1913 Southern California, had started work on the sand dunes of Seal Beach.

A mere four posts ago, I made fun of the dredger being mentioned as an attraction listed in a Seal Beach advertisement, but after stumbling across this article, it really does sound impressive.

It used an electric pump to remove sand from the beach and disperse it across the Pacific Electric tracks and throughout the town to fill in “swales and low places” in preparation to grade the landscape for installing sidewalks, cement curbs, parking, water pipes, “and ornamental shade trees.”

The Guy M. Rush Company shared that all this activity was a prelude to replacing the dunes with a promenade and a seventy foot and twenty foot cement promenade.

No pricetag for this project was mentioned, but the irony is that millions have probably bent spent over the decades to replace sand in Seal Beach due to beach erosion and flooding.

– Michael Dobkins


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