Sunday, August 19, 2012

Historical news from Dana Point

A display about the life of local historian Doris Walker is now on exhibit at the Dana Point Branch Library at 33841 Niguel Rd. The exhibit was created by the Dana Point Historical Society (DPHS) with the assistance of Doris' two sons, Blair and Brent. The display will be up throughout this month. It will be replaced in September with an exhibit marking the 25th anniversary of the DPHS, which Doris helped found.

In other DPHS news, Carlos Olvera has stepped down from his position as president in order to avoid any kind of potential conflict of interest as he runs for City Council. Barbara Johannes has stepped up from the position of vice president to president.

It appears the City of Dana Point is also looking at officially granting local historical status to two sites. The first site encompasses the old gazebo on the top of the bluffs and the remains of the "Scenic Inn" at the bottom of the bluffs. The second site would include the ruins of the 1920s resort hotel left uncompleted by developer Sidney Woodruff, and the adjacent "hide trail" that was marked some years ago with a statue of a hide drogher.

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