Avalon Off The Beaten Path

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    Bay of Seven Moons Memorial

    by Yaqui Written Sep 8, 2013

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    The small plaque reads: Avalon~A gift to you from the Matt Brown Family. Art by Will Richards.

    To me, this is very lovely memorial dedicated to the original people of the island the Pimungans (or Pimuvit) of the Takic branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family who have lived on the island for over a 7,000 years.

    After Spanish colonization, their apparently flourishing population declined drastically with the introduction of new diseases to which they had little immunity. As the mission system altered the economic landscape of Southern California, the Pimungans' trade and social networks were disrupted.

    In the aftermath of this enormous culture shock, their society could no longer sustain itself. By the mid-1820s, the few Pimungans left had migrated or were moved to the mainland. The Pimungans, along with other Native American groups that were in the sphere of influence of Mission San Gabriel, came to be referred to in the European community as Gabrielinos.http://www.catalinachamber.com/catalina/history

    Located along the walkway near the Casino.

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    Fantasy into Art: The Avalon Casino Murals

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 8, 2013

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    I love the Art Deco period! After the completion of Graumans Chinese Theatre murals in 1927 by John Gabriel Beckman, a friend of William Wrigley, Jr. arranged a meeting with Mr. Beckman. Not soon after that, impressed with the conceptual sketches, Mr. Wrigley commissioned Beckman to create and assemble a army of artist to paint the beautiful murals outside and inside of the Catalina Casino within a impressive 14 month time frame. Today, these murals are still a jewel and cherished. To be able to see inside the theatre and the murals outside, I find them "extraordianry!"

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    Ethel Rosin Irmas

    by Yaqui Written Sep 8, 2013

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    You never know when you are going to find these lovely tiles murals. Located on Front Street (Crescent Ave) on the way out to the Cabrillo Mole. When I stop to read these and take a photo, it catches others attention to see what I am doing. Each time, someone stopped to read them too:)

    Dedicated to:

    Ethel Rosin Irmas
    Born June 2, 1895
    Avalon, Santa Catalina Island
    This Park Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of our Mother's Birth
    Richard Irmas Sydney Irmas Jon Irmas Lappen

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    The Leaping Tuna Marker

    by Yaqui Written Sep 8, 2013

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    The plaque reads: The sport of big game fishing originated in Avalon when Charles Frederick Holder caught a 183 pound Blue Fin Tuna with sport fish tackle on June 1, 1898. This angling milestone inspired him to form the Tuna Club of Santa Catalina Island, an organization dedicated to promoting conservation of our marine recourses and good sportsmanship among anglers. It was once common for vast schools of tuna to arrive in early summer within view of the island, often amazing onlookers with their ability to make spectacular leaps after flying fish. This bronze is titled “Leaping Tuna”, to honor the great game fish and to commemorate the Tuna Club’s “Centennial Years”. The base is in the outline of Santa Catalina Island, with a stripped Marlin on the upper portion in recognition of it being caught here first in 1903, and the Broadbill Swordfish below it symbolizes the worlds earliest sportfishing capture of that species in 1913.

    Bronze by Artist Joseph Quillan, 1998.

    Located at: 100 Saint Catherine Way, Avalon CA 90704

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    Catalina Island Yacht Club Founded 1924

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    The plaque reads: The Catalina Island Yacht Club has been a welcoming landmark in Avalon Bay since the building was completed in 1924. One of the oldest and most unique yacht clubs in Southern California, it has a proud history rich in the lore and tradition of Catalina Island. Community groups and members from throughout the Western United States enjoy its enduring hospitality and fellowship while sharing a common love of Catalina Island and the City of Avalon. The clubhouse built and maintained by its members has been in continuous operation since its completion except for during the war years of 1942-1945 when it was used by the Merchant Marine as a training center. It was returned to the membership in late 1945.

    Second plaque: Members of the Catalina Island Yacht Club erected this building in 1924 and have continuously occupied and maintained it except for the years 1942 to 1945 when the U.S. Merchant Marine used the building as a school.

    Located at: 30 Casino Way, Avalon CA 90704

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    Charles Frederick Holder Marker

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 8, 2013

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    Accross the street from The Tune Club is this huge slab of stone with two plaques. It appears there were three and one is missing.

    They read:
    Charles Frederick Holder~Author Naturalist Sportsman 1851-1915
    This tablet is placed here by friends of the naturalist who devoted himself to the the preservation of wild game and sea life; who awakened the public conscience t the rights of bird and beast and fish, and whose work won at once the approval of sportsmen and the tribute of nations.

    Second plaque: Holder Memorial Rock
    Dedicated to his memory by his friends in the Tuna Club 1926

    Located 100 Saint Catherine Way, Avalon CA 90704

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    WRIGLEY'S MEMORIAL & BOTANICAL GARDENS

    by travelgourmet Written May 29, 2009

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    EARLY CALIFORNIA DESIGNED ENTRANCE
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    You have arrived on Santa Catalina either by boat or plane. The Island has one major town, Avalon. 3000 people call Catalina home and the visitors can outnumber the locals on a busy summer weekend. Off the local scene and only about 1 1/2 miles from the water's edge is the cacti and succulent gardens that were the passion of Mrs. Ada Wrigley, wife of the chewing gum magnate, William Wrigley, Jr. Of course, while he was developing the Island and planning the town, Ada was getting involved in planning a garden of plants, cacti and trees from around the world.

    Yes, the blue of the ocean gives way to the green of the hills and the section known today as the Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Gardens. The Memorial honors the late William Wrigley, Jr., who lived from 1861 to 1932. The gardens was the dream of Ada, taking the original desert plant collection and building upon it to build a botanical garden that showcased plants from around the world. Today, not only her dream but now the Foundation and the Catalina Island Conservancy have merged and are improving the gardens for the future generations to enjoy while visiting Santa Catalina and the town that the Wrigley's built. Please visit my travelogue on the Botanical Gardens for more photos of the various plants.

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    Glen L. Martin

    by Yaqui Written Sep 8, 2013

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    As you probably already know about me is that I enjoy finding plaques. Avalon has many and my husband and best friend were on the hunt looking for them for me:) My hubby discovered this one for me. This one is located along South Beach, which sits just to the right of the Green Pleasure Pier.

    Glen L. Martin
    May 10,1912
    First Water to Water Flight
    Newport to Santa Catalina Island

    Please read the link about his flight!

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    The Tuna Club of Avalon CA Marker#997

    by Yaqui Written Sep 8, 2013

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    The plaque reads: The Tuna Club of Avalon marks the birthplace of modern big game sportfishing. In 1898, led by Dr. Charles Frederick Holder, the club's founding members adopted the rules of conduct stressing conservationist ethics and sporting behavior. Today, their work remains the basis for the sport's internationally accepted principles.

    California Registered Historical Landmarks No. 997

    Plaque placed by the state department of parks and recreation in cooperation with the Tuna Club of Avalon, June 8, 1991.

    Located at: 100 Saint Catherine Way, Avalon CA 90704

    Below is a great link about the history of The Tuna Club.

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    Carl "Mr. Big" Bailey

    by Yaqui Written Sep 8, 2013

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    This marker reads:

    Fifty years in radio
    In Memoray of
    The Worlds First Sea Going Disc Jockey
    Carl "Mr. Big" Bailey
    1915-1982
    Who love people
    and brought joy to so many
    Lovingly
    Fans, Friends and Family

    Located in a planter/bench near the town fountain.

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    THE BELLS OF ADA WRIGLEY

    by travelgourmet Updated Jun 4, 2009

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    CHIMES TOWER FOR WHOM THE BELLS TOLL
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    When you are walking the beachfront Crescent Avenue heading toward the Casino and you look up into the hills because the sound of bells draws your eyes upward. Sitting on the hill is the Chimes Tower, alone and singing its song. Something quite tranquil and charming about the bells.

    In 1925, Ada Wrigley, wife of William Wrigley, Jr. the owner of the Island at the time, offered the colorful tile-roof tower to the town of Avalon. Ada, without realizing it, left a lasting memorial to herself with this gracious donation. The chimes bells toll for thee every quarter hour from 8 am to 8 pm and give the bell count for the hour. To get up to the Chimes Tower turn off Crescent Avenue at Chimes Tower Road and start climbing. The view alone is worth it.

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    The Buffalo

    by Gypsystravels Updated May 1, 2006

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    Buffalo hanging out by the watering hole

    I am not sure how many travellers actually arrive via Cessna (or small aircraft), but we were lucky enough to have our cousin fly us from LA to Catalina Island.

    We arrived very early and the only way down to the main city is via bus. We got on a "trolly" type bus that worked its way down the winding hills and we were surprised to find herds of buffalo.

    My daughter fell in love with what she called the "Buffalo Billies"...

    I am not sure on the actual history, but I have read that these buffalos are ancestors of buffalos brought here by a huge movie production and then left here after the filming of the movie.

    I will try to get more information about the history of the buffalo.

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    Stay late and hang out on the beach

    by cdpviola Written Jul 13, 2004

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    Chrissie watching the tide roll in

    I know this may sound strange, but Catalina is a great place for people watching from the beach, but especially at night. Many of the daytrippers leave a bit earlier and others all eat out once sunset hits, but Avalon at sunset is a breathtaking site and should savored.

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    Golf Gardens. A miniature...

    by bruingirl Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Golf Gardens. A miniature golf course. Yes, it's fun for the whole family!! :) I think we were the only two adults playing together without any kids in tow, but it was still a lot of fun! It's US$6/person.

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    The history of Catalina is...

    by AdriannaTex Written Oct 4, 2002

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    The history of Catalina is what is usually not known. Catalina was bought by the Wrigleys of Chicago in 1919. They used Catalina Island as a place for the Cubs to train. They also imported herds of buffalo for a movie they were filming. When they were finished, they kept the buffalo on the island and now you will see buffalo running rampant inland. (You don't often see any in Avalon.) This link is a very good resource for reading about Catalina's History.

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