Friday, October 12, 2007

Huntington Beach and Santa Ana's Logan Barrio

Today's photo shows Main St., Huntington Beach, in the 1940s. The photographer is standing near the foot of the pier and looking inland across Ocean Ave. (now Pacific Coast Hwy). I've posted a retrospective on the 1980s "redevelopment" of Downtown Huntington Beach over on Joe Shaw's site.
Mary Garcia's new book about the Logan Barrio, is finally available. The Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society is selling it through their website. Guy Ball writes, "The Logan Barrio is one of the several original Mexican barrios in Santa Ana. Its roots trace back to 1886 with the founding of Santa Ana East, a commercial area next to the new train depot. The business prospects may have died but Mexican families soon began to settle in this comfortable area and grow the area into more than just a place to live. Author Mary Garcia writes about the area and highlights many of the early families, stores, and businesses. Over 80 vintage photos. Santa Ana's Logan Barrio: Its History, Stories, and Families is an 88-page book and the newest in our Living History series featuring local authors who speak about the subjects they know well."
Happy Birthday to both Helena Modjeska (who's world famous in Poland) and Marlene Brajdic, who works for the County's historic parks.

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