|Composite photograph of ships and the Long Wharf freight pier built by the Southern Pacific Railroad Company in 1893|
A founder of the Santa Monica area, John P. Jones whose wealth came from gold and silver mining, wanted to become wealthier by establishing Santa Monica bay and City as a commercial center with the Long Wharf and railway service. At another point the state and Santa Monica City Council explored turning the beach and bay into a causeway of connected islands in the 1960s. The City Manager Perry Scott went to the City Council in the mid-to-late 60s two times hoping to develop the area commercially with an "Santa Monica Island" in the bay. Fortunately, none of these bids to commercialize the bay or town passed and our beach is dedicated to fun in the sun.
|First graduating class from Santa Monica High School 1886|
The first group of student to graduate from Santa Monica High School had their class portrait on the beach in 1886.
|Famed gymnast Paula Boelsems flying toward Lyle Lytell on Muscle Beach 1941|
|Santa Monica Beach 1940|
There is debate over the origin of two-person beach volleyball. Some say Hawaii is the home. But, many believe the game originated on Santa Monica Beach in the 1930s.
|Hoola hoops at the Beach Library|
Jeff Kaplan and Kane Tsai, both librarians at Santa Monica Public Library, designed and rolled out the first-ever pop-up Beach Library June through August 2015. The program; "At the Beach," hosts events for visitors including hoola-hooping, crafts, storytime, a chance to get out of the sun with a book and more.