Mission Beach

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Arcadia Publishing, 2007 - History - 127 pages
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Mission Beach has always been a favorite destination for San Diego's beach-loving locals and tourists. Every year, millions crowd onto this spit of white sand separating tranquil Mission Bay from the frothy waves of the Pacific Ocean. Bicyclists, skateboarders, in-line skaters, walkers, and joggers can also enjoy the beach while navigating the 2.5-mile-long cement boardwalk along the ocean's edge and historic Belmont Park. But this is also a neighborhood of narrow streets with homes that began in the early 1900s as modest summer vacation cottages, many of which are now being replaced by million-dollar-plus condominiums. This new volume pays tribute to the residents and visitors who played a part in the development of this classic seaside community.

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The Early Years
The Roaring Twenties
The Lifeguards
Belmont Park
The 1930s and 1940s
Mission Bay
Old Mission Beach
Later Years

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Coauthor Terry Curren is a native San Diegan who has lived in Mission Beach off and on since 1937. An ocean lifeguard from 1952 until 1958, he has served on the San Diego Park and Recreation Board for nearly 10 years. Coauthor Phil Prather moved with his family to Mission Beach in 1941 where he served as a lifeguard during World War II and after. More than 200 images from their own private collections, from longtime Mission Beach residents, and from the archives of the San Diego Historical Society are used to illustrate this community's unique history.

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