Author Chris Epting has compiled an in-depth visual history of one of America's oldest beach cities, the first time a collection this extensive has been available to the public. He lives in the Huntington Harbour area of Huntington Beach with his wife and two children.
Huntington Beach, Californiaby Chris Epting
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Incorporated in 1909, Huntington Beach remained a sleepy seaside town until the city's legendary oil boom in the 1920s. Wells sprang up overnight, and in less than a month, the city's population more than doubled. As the area developed culturally through the decades, the once tiny farming community increased its size with 25 miles of annexations to become one of Southern California's major tourist destinations. Pictured here in nearly 200 vintage photographs is the evolution of this small seaside village into a classic, Southern California beach city, known as Surf City to nearly a million tourists a year. Showcased here are images acquired from city records, including shots of the famous Huntington Beach Pier as it evolved over the century, rare amateur photos of one of the largest gushers in city history, vintage beach scenes, rarely seen historic aerial views, images of the turn of the century "Tent City," the infamous flood of 1938, and nostalgic shots of the Saltwater Plunge.
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I just got the book yesterday and wow-Nice Job! I really enjoyed looking back at the history of HB. Talk about memories when seeing some of those pictures. Thank you for taking back in time to look at the city I grew up in.
As someone who spent the last 20 years in Huntington Beach, I can say this is the book I've waited for. Hundreds of amazing old time pictures depicting 'how it used to be' and how it is today. This book on 'Surf City' is great.
Great memories are to be found throughout this nice easy-read tale of our famed Huntington Beach. It was fun seeing old pictures of places where I would smoke out with friends and knock up girls in high school.
Just got this and I love it--tons of photos (many of them old) of my home, the original 'Surf City.' This would make a great surprise for any family or friends who grew up in this one-of-a-kind beach town.