Pacific Palisades

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Arcadia Publishing, 2009 - History - 127 pages
Pacific Palisades owes its name to its geography. The cliffs looming above the beach reminded the early developers of the Hudson River Palisades in New York. The name for this eventually affluent coastal enclave of the city of Los Angeles was first used in 1906 for an area of Santa Monica homes. Palisades Park in Santa Monica hugs the top of the bluff. So it must have seemed natural to name the area north of the Santa Monica Palisades Pacific Palisades. Today Pacific Palisades is synonymous with lovely homes and distinguished residents as well as rocky cliffs. Many of the photographs reproduced here have never before been published and show how the land changed from open mesas to the thriving community it is today. Pacific Palisades completes the story of the Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica and its neighboring rancho--the Boca de Santa Monica--and the Santa Monica Land and Water Company.


Subdividing for Communities
Rolling Waves and Sand
Community and Family
Famous and Private
Memorable Moments
Serving the Community

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About the author (2009)

Author Jan Loomis lived in the Pacific Palisades for 17 years and, as the archivist for the Santa Monica Land and Water Company, has preserved the early records of the development of Pacific Palisades. Loomis is also the author of Images of America: Brentwood.

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