Written by Gayle Baker


The perfect companion to anyone visiting Catalina island, this 80-page HarborTown History offers a comprehensive history of a magical California Island, complete with a wide range of historical photos and a full-color watercolor cover.


From its important role as a heavily-populated tribal homeland to its current protected status as a conservancy, Catalina's story is fascinating. You will learn of its brief era as a rollicking boom town, its occupation by the Union Army during the Civil War, and will get to meet its parade of owners. You will also get to relive the Wrigley Years, wondrous days of dances at the Casino, Ocean Marathons, concerts at the Wild Bird Park, movie making, and the annual arrival of the Chicago Cubs.


Romanticized as the "Island of Love" in over 30 songs and hundreds of poems, Catalina is the playground of movie stars, grazing paradise of bison, and one of the world's favorite destinations. You, too, will fall in love with Catalina if you are not already smitten.  


As its only concise, inexpensive, complete history, Catalina Island is a "must have" if you are planning to visit or simply wanting to immerse yourself in the story of this amazing California island paradise.

Catalina Island: A Harbor Town History

SKU: BK0027
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