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Los Angeles in the 1930sThe WPA Guide to the City of Angels$
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Federal Writers Project of the Works Project Administration

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268838

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268838.001.0001

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Long Beach and Signal Hill

Long Beach and Signal Hill

(p.238) Long Beach and Signal Hill
Los Angeles in the 1930s
Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration
University of California Press

Long Beach, a seaside resort, a busy harbor, home port for some 40,000 officers and men of the U.S. Navy, and one of the world's great oil centers, stretches for eight miles along San Pedro Bay. The fifth largest of California's cities, it lies 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Signal Hill, a small independent municipality, economically a part of Long Beach, occupies the hill down which Don Juan Temple and Don Abel Stearns once started their horses in races to the shore and back again. Streets and roads wind through a forest of oil derricks, with here and there a cluster of cottages near grimy palm trees. This chapter describes points of interest in Long Beach and Signal Hill. It also provides visitor information on various aspects of staying in the area.

Keywords:   port, harbor, Los Angeles, municipality

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