Author Archives: Larry Strawther

New books on Los Al-Rossmoor and Seal Beach History

Here are two books that cover the local history of two communities. SEAL BEACH:  A BRIEF HISTORY by Larry Strawther — History Press $17.99 The wooden pier, tree-lined Main Street and ocean views, coupled with a prosperous and happy community, … Continue reading

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The official act creating Anaheim Landing

Because we’ve been doing some research for its 150th anniversary, we’ve been on a bit of an Anaheim Landing kick lately.  Orange County’s first port was officially founded in 1864 although fishermen and even the US Army had used the … Continue reading

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1878 – Early Anaheim Landing – as seen by a Future Nobel Prize-winning author

As we have pointed out in other barely read missives, Anaheim Landing is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year — making it (and thus Seal Beach) Orange County’s second oldest community — behind only the Mother Colony herself, Anaheim. There … Continue reading

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1873 – Dec. 27 – LA Herald – Anaheim Landing freightage to New York

Anaheim Landing, the first settlement of Seal Beach, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Funded by Anaheim wine-growers seeking an easier way to ship than by going through Wilmington, the Anaheim Lighter Company established its first wharvf in 1864 … Continue reading

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The Pike opens where Mr. B’s and Casa Castillo served it up

At 5pm today the Pike officially opened for business in Los Alamitos in the location where Mr. B’s and Casa Castillo have been feeding Los Alamitos and Rossmoor residents for years. The Pike is owned by Chris Reece, a former … Continue reading

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1941 – Ten Arrested in big Seal Beach Gambling Raid behind Garden of Allah

A big event which actually had quite an effect on Seal Beach was a September 18, 1941 gambling raid which resulted in the arrest of at least ten men and the detainment of over eighty customers.  Orange County sheriff’s deputies … Continue reading

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New SB History Book is on its way to stores

I just got word from the History Pres that my new book on Seal Beach (cleverly titled “Seal Beach: A Brief History”) has actually been printed and my own stash of books is on its way.  If you want an … Continue reading

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Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Museum looking for volunteers

The Los Alamitos Museum is looking for volunteers to help prepare and host events throughout the year. The museum is open two days a week — from 2pm to 4pm on Sundays and Tuesdays.   Some of the Museum’s events … Continue reading

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History of Seal Beach to hit bookstores and online sites at end of March

   After a year and a half of writing (and far longer than that for procrastination) yours truly has just turned in his final proof manuscript for our new book “Seal Beach: A Brief History” which will  unleashed on the … Continue reading

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The strange case of Jimmy Slyter: Seal Beach’s romantic but unlucky swimmer.

One of the more curious stories I’ve come across in my research of Seal Beach is the tale of Jimmy Slyter and his nationally publicized, but somewhat sketchy, quest in 1946 to swim from Catalina and use the money raided … Continue reading

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