Marina del Rey - A Historical Retrospective

A Few Changes Around Here Over The Years

This is what our area looked like originally:

And this is what it looks like today.

A little different, yes?

Massive oil production in the 30's spoiled the pristine beaches but forced the County to take drastic action.

By the late 40's, attention turned to cleaning up the area and turning what was then known as "Mud Lake" into a recreational mecca. Burton Chace is credited with spearheading the vision to build the new marina into a money-making business endeavor for the County of Los Angeles.

Formation of the community of Marina del Rey came next in the early 60's.

Note the seawall at the mouth of the channel in the recent photo. I'd never paid any attention to that manmade addition until I saw the video below. 

The video below, made in conjunction with the Marina del Rey Historical Society, is a must see if you have any interest in learning how we got from the early picture at the top of this page to the "now" picture.

For more on the history of Marina del Rey, visit the Historical Society's website, with its vast catalog of photos, oral histories and publications.

For another perspective on the history of the Marina, take a look at this beautifully written piece by a local Silver Strand resident.

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