In 2001, around the same time as the official beginning of world terrorism, a steamer trunk popped up in the Long Beach Harbor.  Some said it contained plans of the hated breakwater built to discourage surfing in the 1940s.  Others said it held the remnants of the old Carnegie Library, which had been torn down in the 1970s.

In fact, within were tattered histories of a city.  To wit:  what’s contained in this blog.  Many of these articles appeared in the Beachcomber, a Long Beach community newspaper before it went online.  Some appeared in other outlets, like LBPost.com.  All are (c) Stephen C. Propes, who can be reached at rockinsteve@gmail.com to get reprint permission.  And who wouldn’t – huh?

  1. Fascinating post on Los Altos. Thank you.

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