Sunday, September 16, 2007

Irvine Park, Reuben E. Lee, H.B. lifeguards, etc.

Today's photo shows the lake and boathouse at Orange County Park (now called Irvine Park), in the mid-to-late teens. The lake was created from swampy land in 1913, and the boathouse was added the following year.

All that remains of the Reuben E. Lee now is the barge she rested on. That barge will be dragged out to sea next Tuesday and scuttled in 2,400 feet of water. Salvaged bits of the old paddle-wheel-shaped restaurant will be auctioned off online starting Monday (tomorrow).

Kai Weisser, (who's writing a book about the history of the Huntington Beach lifeguards), brought my attention to the re-enactment of a 1934 stunt involving a rowboat trip from San Diego to Huntington Beach to Catalina. Kai's follow-up story is posted at Greetings From Huntington Beach.

The mayor of Fountain Valley will hold a Gala at the Mile Square Golf Club, 10401 Warner Ave, to celebrate the City’s 50th anniversary. The event will take place Nov. 3, beginning with cocktail hour at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm. There will be dancing and a live band playing music of the 1950s.

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