Images of America: Catalina Island
Throughout its history, the 76-square-mile island of Catalina has played host to Native Americans, smugglers, otter hunters, ranchers, miners, entrepreneurs, vacationers, movie stars, and nature enthusiasts. William Wrigley Jr. (of chewing gum fame) bought the island in 1919 and later constructed the recognizable Casino building, which was never used for gambling but did become one fo the best-known ballrooms in America. In the 1970s, the Wrigley family deeded 88% of the island to the Catalina Island Conservancy, which protects the natural state of the island and her inhabitants, including the buffalo that were brought to the island to film a movie in the 1920s. Today nearly 1 million tourists visit annually to to take in the fishing, parasailing, glass-bottomed tour boating, scuba diving, cycling, camping, galleries, shopping, and dining.
Author Jeannine L. Pedersen, former curator of the Catalina Museum drew from the museum's extenistive collection of photographs and memorabilia to create this nostalgic look at "the island of romance, romance, romance."
128 pages, paperback
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