Peninsula Transportation and the Pacific Electric Railway

Train enthusiasts may recall the “Red Car,” the Pacific Electric Railway system that covered the Los Angeles region with more than 1,000 miles of rail lines in the early 1900s. By 1914, there were more than 1,600 trains criss-crossing and connecting communities in Los Angeles County daily. In 1904, Pacific Electric reportedly considered extending the San Pedro line “to run... Read more

Bringing Stories in the Local History Center to Life

By Monique Sugimoto and Dennis Piotrowski Photographs tell a visual story on their own. When paired with the recorded experiences, memories and reflections of community members from days gone by, the story becomes even richer and more vivid. A small photograph collection of a Peninsula shepherd and the oral history interview of former Rolling Hills resident Gordon Shultz, recorded in... Read more

Palos Verdes has always been Reagan Country

By MONIQUE SUGIMOTO and DENNIS PIOTROWSKI Richard Nixon wasn’t the only former president with long-standing ties to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. In this installment, we focus on former president Ronald Wilson Reagan whose ties to the area date from the Great Depression. Reagan first visited Southern California in the mid-1930s. According to his autobiography, he wanted to escape the “frigid... Read more

Romayne Martin: Building a Cultured Community

By MONIQUE SUGIMOTO and DENNIS PIOTROWSKI At the first Palos Verdes Community Dinner in 1926, Frank Vanderlip, considered the father of Palos Verdes, emphasized the importance of building a cultured community. Romayne Martin (1889-1991), one of the Peninsula’s earliest residents, had a large part in shaping this vibrant local culture. This included two of its oldest and most treasured institutions:... Read more

Hoopla at the library!

PVLD is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital – all you need is a valid library card! Card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit Read more

Kanopy film streaming is now available at the library

If you're interested in independent, foreign language, classic, or documentary films, you're in luck! Get out your library card and sign up for Kanopy, the Library's newest on demand video streaming service. You can stream over 26,000 carefully selected films from hundreds of popular producers such as The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, and PBS, as well as thousands of... Read more

Local History: An airport almost takes off in Palos Verdes

By Dennis Piotrowski and Monique Sugimoto In a previous column, we recounted one of the first flights over the Palos Verdes Peninsula by famed French aviator Louis Paulhan in 1910. Our next episode takes us into the 1920s and a time when rapid advances occurred in airmail delivery service, the use of private planes expanded, and passenger airline service began... Read more

Local History: Selling the Palos Verdes dream a natural pitch

Frank Vanderlip’s purchase of the Palos Verdes Peninsula “sight unseen” in 1913 was an extraordinary occurrence. So too were the campaigns to finance the construction and advertise the “most beautiful and desirable residential area” in Southern California. In 1921, E.G. Lewis, the man behind the development of Atascadero and University City in Missouri, devised an underwriting scheme and promotional campaign... Read more

Early days of aviation a sight over Palos Verdes

By Dennis Piotrowski and Monique Sugimoto Not long after the Wright brothers piloted the first successful heavier-than-air machine near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903, early rickety planes were navigating the skies near Los Angeles. Indeed, Los Angeles with its favorable climate became a center of aviation as early as 1909. One newspaper at the time described the area as... Read more


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