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1542

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo maps the California coastline

1769

Spanish colonization begins

1837

José Sepulveda granted Rancho San Joaquin by the Mexican Government

1864

James Irvine buys Rancho San Joaquin

1870

Captain Samuel Dunnells sails into the bay

1875

McFadden brothers ship from Newport Landing creating a port

1888

McFadden's wharf completed

1891

Santa Ana and Newport Railroad begins service

1892

McFadden Bros. receive the title to over half of the peninsula

1894

The first grammar school opens with 18 students

1899

Southern Pacific Railroad buys Santa Ana and Newport Railroad

1902

James McFadden Bros. sold his remaining Newport Bay interests

1904

Henry Huntington promises to bring the Red Car line to Newport

1905

Balboa Pavilion and Pier completed and the...

1906

City of Newport Beach incorporated. Population 265

1907

West Newport canals dredged creating Newport Island
Newport News becomes the city's first newspaper
Harbor Boosters formed (first name for Chamber of Commerce)

1908

John Scarpa initiates the first lighted boat parade...

1909

Balboa Island Ferry begins service
Collins completes dredging of north side of Balboa Island and later markets lots on Balboa Island advertised heavily to Pasadena and Los Angeles residents
Madam Helena Modjeska dies at her home on Bay Island

1910

Newport population 445

1912

The first City Hall purchased, a former ...
Glenn Martin flies from Newport Bay to Catalina ...
The Balboa Theatre opens
Orange County Country Club (now Santa Ana CC)...

1914

1914-1916 The Santa Ana River flood inundates ...

1916

Balboa Island annexed to the city

1917

Movie

1919

City of Newport Beach receives title to tidelands...

1920

City and County jointly complete jetty, channel, dam and river projects
City of Newport Beach population 894

1922

Southern California Yachting Association holds first regatta in Newport Bay
The Arches service station and Cafe opens
Duke Kahanamoku brings surfing to Newport Beach

1923

City of Newport Beach annexed Corona del Mar
The Eddie Martin Airport opens (Orange County Airport)
Life Savings Corps organizes
Electric Island (Lido Isle) purchased from Pacific Electric Land Co by W.K. Parkinson

1924

American Legion founds Post 291

1925

1st Highway Bridge over Upper Newport Bay opens
The Orange County Country Club clubhouse...
Duke Kahanamoku rescues nine people from...

1927

Dr. Gordon Grundy opens city’s first hospital at Balboa Boulevard and 9th Street

1928

Rendezvous Ballroom opens in Balboa
Transpac Yacht Race to Hawaii starts from Newport Beach
Newport hosts the Star Worlds Sailing Championship
Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford open the Coast Hwy. to Laguna Beach
The movie "All Quiet on the Western Front" is filmed in Corona del Mar
Developer William Clarke Crittenden hires Swiss ...
Sport Fishing boats began operating out of the Pavilion

1929

Balboa Island Bridge built to carry cars

1930

Newport Harbor High School opens
City population 2,203
Griffith Co awarded contract to construct Lido Isle Streets & Utilities

1933

Long Beach earthquake damages buildings in Newport Beach

1934

The Irvine Company establishes the Salt Works

1935

The Balboa Hop and Balboa Shuffle originated by dancers at the Pavilion, sweeping the nation during the Big Band Era

1936

Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates Newport Harbor improvements by telegraph
Fun Zone Opens

1939

Newport and Balboa piers destroyed in storm & rebuilt in 1 year
The Lido Theater opens

1940

The city population 4,438

1942

Harbor Island is annexed to the city

1945

Corona del Mar Elementary School opens

1947

James Irvine dies at the age of 80

1948

First Newport-Ensenada Yacht Race
The Balboa Bay Club opens

1949

Snow Falls In Newport
The City Hall moves to a new location at 3300 Newport Blvd

1950

City population 12,120

1951

Orange Coast YMCA organized, Bob Roubian opens the Crab Cooker

1952

Hoag Hospital opens

1953

Boy Scout Jamboree held on Irvine Ranch

1954

Buffalo Ranch established

1955

City charter becomes effective

1956

Newport population 19,500 (US Census), City celebrates its Golden jubilee
The Castaways Club destroyed by fire

1957

Artist Rex Brandt creates the new official City Seal

1958

Hughes and Aeroneutronics plants opens...

1960

City population 26, 564

1961

Newport Harbor Art Museum opens in the Balboa Pavilion
Dover Shores, Westcliff and Baycrest residential communities developed

1962

Corona del Mar High School opens

1963

Official Newport Beach City flag adopted

1964

The Orange County airport was rebuilt

1965

Historical Marker placed at McFadden's Wharf
UCI opens with 1,600 students

1966

John Wayne moves to Newport Beach

1967

Fashion Island Opens
Newport Beach Historical Society founded by Bill Grundy

1969

Western Salt Works in the Back Bay is demolished by floods

1970

Local skipper Bill Ficker, wins the America's Cup Regatta
City population 49,442

1971

Newport Beach voters reject coastal freeway through the city

1972

Some of the largest waves to hit the shores of Newport Beach

1975

Upper Bay becomes a marine preserve and wildlife refuse

1977

Newport Harbor Art Museum moves into Newport Center

1979

Orange County Airport is renamed in John Wayne's honor

1980

City population 62, 556

1981

The city celebrates its 75th Anniversary

1985

Airport curfews and flight limits established

1990

Newport population 66,643 & Newport Coast begins construction

1991

Dory Fishing Fleet has its centennial celebration

1994

The Newport Beach Central Library opens at Newport Center

1996

Newport Beach celebrates the Film Festival Inaugural

1997

Castaways residential development built on the Bluff

2000

Population reach 75,662

2002

Newport Coast and Santa Ana Heights annexed ...

2004

Corona del Mar’s 100th anniversary

2005

Newport Harbor Nautical Museum purchases the Fun Zone

2006

Newport Beach celebrates its 100th Centennial

2007

Community Center and Fire Station #7 Open

2010

New Oasis Senior Center Opens

2013

Civic Center and City Hall at Newport Center Open

2014

Sunset Ridge Park Opens

Historical Markers

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Recognition Types:

NRHP # – National Register of Historic Places
CALM # – California Land Mark
CAPI      – California Point of Interest
CHRIS    – California Historic Resources Information System
OCHS    – Orange County Historical Site
NBRHP  – Newport Beach Register of Historic Property
NBHRI#   – Newport Beach Historic Resource Inventory
NBHS     – Newport Beach Historical Society Markers
SPM       – Significant Place Marker

 

SiteLocationType of MarkerAreaDate of InductionMarker
/Plaque
American Legion Post #291215 15th StreetNBHRI#52, NBHSBalboaYes
Arches Restaurant3334 W Coast HighwayNBHRI#18Mariners Mile
B.K. Stone Bldg./Doryman’s Inn21 OceanfrontCHRIS, NBHRI#14McFadden Square
Balboa Inn105 Main StNRHP #86000730, NBRHP, NBHRI# 1BalboaYes
Balboa Island FerryAgate Ave/S Bay FrontNBHS, NBHRI#51
Balboa Island9/24/1970Yes
Balboa Pavilion/NB Historical Society400 Main StNRHP # 84000914, CALM #959, NBRHP, NBHRI#3, NBHSBalboaNR 05/17/84, 6/5/1968Yes
Balboa/Police Fire Station305 E BayNBHRI#50Balboa
Balboa Island Police/Fire Station #4CHRIS, Balboa Island
Balboa Saloon700 E Bay AveCHRIS, NBRHPBalboaYes
Balboa TheatreCHRIS, NBRHPBalboa
Bank of Balboa/ Bank of America Bldg. site611 E Balboa BlvdNRHP #860001903, CHRIS, NBHRI#56Balboa07/24/86
Bay IslandBay IslandNBHRI#55Bay Island/Balboa
Beek Residence528 S Bay frontNBHRI#43Balboa Island
Big Spanish House3428 Ocean BlvdNBHRI#11CDMHas been removed
Blue Sky/Brandt House405 Goldenrod AveNBHRI#40CDMYes
Boy Scout Jamboree Site/
3rd Annual Nat. BS Jamboree
Jamboree Rd & Santa Barbara Dr, and Fashion Island/Newport Ctr S’ly StairsCAPI, NBHRI#57, NBHS,
Northerly of Coast Highway and between Upper Newport Bay and MacArthur BlvdOct. 14, 1977Yes
Yes
Brigandi House814 E OceanfrontNBHRI#41Balboa
Buffalo Ranch/Urbanus SquareBonita Canyon Drive/MacArthur BlvdCHRIS, SPMNorth NewportYes
Cannery/Western Canners3010 LafayetteNBHS, NBHRI#60
Cannery VillageOct. 7, 1971Yes
Community Church611 Heliotrope AveNBHRI#23CDM
Crystal Cove Historic DistrictCrystal CoveNRHP#79000514Crystal Cove, Newport Beach
Dory FleetMcFadden Place/OceanfrontCHRIS, NBRHP, NBHS, NBHRI#33 McFaddenSquareJune 11, 1969Yes
Duck Inn1130 E Balboa BlvdNBHRI#28Balboa
Dunnell's WharfW Coast Highway/Dover DrNBHRI#61 (description in inventory is on wrong side of bay and in error DW)Southerly of Old Landing
Five Crowns3800 E Coast HighwayNBHRI#25CDM
Forgit Bldg.2203-05 W Balboa BlvdNBHRI#32McFadden/Mariners
Gillette Mansion2296 Channel RoadNBHRI#49Balboa
Glassell House1204 S Bay FrontNBHRI#44Balboa Island
Goldenrod Avenue FootbridgeGoldenrod Ave over Bayside DrNBRHP, NBHRI#24CDMYes
Grant Howald Community Youth CenterFifth Ave and Iris AveNBHRI#39CDM
Gronsky House2134 Miramar DrNBHRI#48Balboa
Halliday House2908 Ocean BlvdNBHRI#9CDM
Hershey Market200 Marine AveNBHRI#54Balboa Island
Hotel Del Mar2500 Seaview AveNBHRI#6CDM
Indian Wells/Springs23rd/IrvineNBHRI#16 (description in inventory is in error. Is not first well site for NB. DW)West side Upper Newport Bay
Inspiration Point/Finch Mem (Sea Lions on the Rock)Ocean Blvd/Orchid AveNBHRI#37, SPMCDMYes (2)
Kerckhoff Marine Lab101 Dahlia AveNBHRI#7CDMYes
Larson Shipyard2703 W Coast HighwayNBHRI#30, SRMMariners MileYes
Lido Theatre3459 Via LidoNBHRI#19Lido Village
Lovell House1242 W Ocean FrontNRHP #74000545, CHRIS, NBHRI#4East Newport
Mariners Memorial610 Lido Park DriveNBHSRhine Wharf ParkYes
Mary Burton House2920 Ocean BlvdNBHRI#5CDMHas been removed
McFadden's WharfMcFadden SquareCALM # 794, NBHRI #35McFadden SquareYes
Newport Elementary School1327 W Balboa BlvdNBHRI#36, NBHSBalboaYes
Newport Harbor High School600 Irvine AveNBHRI#20Newport Heights, CliffhavenYes
Newport Harbor Yacht Club720 W Bay AveNBHRI#58, NBHS
Balboa4/27/1978Yes
Newport Jail2006 Court AveNBHRI#29McFadden Square
Oasis Senior CenterFifth Ave/MargueriteNBHRI#38CDMYes
Old Newport Landing/
Castaways Park
Dover Drive/Coast HighwayCALM#198CliffhavenYes
Original Farm House2916 Clay StreetNBHRI#27Newport Heights
Original Real Estate Office2020 Jasmine AveNBHRI#26CDM
Our Lady of Mount Carmel ChurchBalboa Blvd/15th StCHRISEast Newport
Pacific Electric Red CarBalboa Bvd l(Central), Seashore DrNBHRI#15Balboa to the West to Santa Ana River
Peninsula Pt. RE Office2000 Miramar DrNBHRI#47Balboa
Pepper's Restaurant/Jolly Roger/Wilma’s Patio203 Marine AveNBRHP, NBHRI#2Balboa Island
Pizza Pete's Café701 Edgewater PlaceNBRHPBalboaYes
Rempel House1810 S Bay FrontNBHRI#45Little Balboa Island
Rendezvous Ballroom Site600 Block E Ocean FrontOCHS#35, NBHRI#59BalboaYes
Rocky Pt./China/Pirate's CoveOcean Blvd Btwn Goldenrod & Heliotrope AvesNBHRI#46CDM
Sherman Library Adobe614 Dahlia AveNBHRI#13CDMYes
Site of First water to water flightBalboa Pier N’ly endCALM #(775?)BalboaYes
Snack Shop/Ruby’s2305 E Coast HighwayNBHRI#12CDM
Solar House804S Bay FrontNBHRI#53Balboa Island
South Coast Shipyard/
Boat Building Co.
2224-2300 Newport BlvdNBHRI#34, NBHSMcFaddenOct. 10, 1974
Demolished 2013
Yes
Stoddard House2928 Ocean BlvdNBHRI#8CDM
Todd/Barnett House2801 SeaviewNBHRI#22CDMRemodeled
Vista BahiaIrvine Ave/University DriveNBHRI#31West Side Upper Bay
Webster House3024 Ocean BlvdNBHRI#10CDMHas been removed
Westcliff Medical Bldg.1901 Westcliff DriveNBHRI#21Westcliff
Wild Goose (Yacht)2431 W Coast HighwayNRHP #11000431Mariners Mile07/19/21011
Williams' House505 N BayfrontNBHRI#42Balboa Island
Arches InterchangeW Coast Highway/Newport BlvdSPMMariners MileYes
Back Bay View ParkE Coast Highway/Jamboree RdSPM2005Yes
Balboa Gazebo50 Main StSPMBalboaYes
Balboa PierSouth End Main StSPMBalboaYes
Corona del Mar Elementary4th Ave/Carnation-Dahlia AvesCorona del Mar - Old School Park
Harbor ImprovementS’ly End Channel RoadSPMPeninsula Point05/23/86Yes
Mariners Mile Retaining Wall/ Pelican Wall1900 W Coast HighwaySPMMariners MileYes
Newport HarborLookout Pt, Ocean Blvd between Goldenrod & Heliotrope AvenuesSPM, ASCECorona del Mar1996Yes
Newport Landing/Castaways ParkCastaways Park South end BluffSPMCliff Haven1998Yes
Newport PierSPMMcFadden SquareYes
Stark's Saloon/Sid's Blue Beat107 21st PlaceMcFadden Square
Upper Newport Bay BridgeCoast HighwaySPMBayshoresSeptember 1981Yes
Upper Newport Bay Sediment Management ProgramBack Bay Drive/Eastbluff DrSPMEastbluff10/14/1985Yes

Historical Books

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AuthorNamePublisherLocationYear
Meyer, Samuel.50 golden years: a history of the city of Newport Beach 1906-1956.Newport Harbor Pub. Co.Newport Beach, CA1957
Beek, Joseph Allan.Balboa Island yarns.Balboa Island Ferry LineNewport Beach1949
Gardner, Judge Robert.Bawdy Balboa.California ClassicsBrea, CA1992
McMillan, Hugh R.Beach rat pix of Hugh R. McMillan.Newport Harbor EnsignNewport Beach, CA1975
Kurze, Joan T. Seaver.Insular connections on Bay Island.Ganso PressNewport Beach, CA2003
Lee, Ellen K.Newport Bay: a pioneer history.N. B. Historical SocietyFullerton, CA1973
Felton, James P., ed.Newport Beach 75, 1906-1981: a diamond jubilee history.Sultana Press et alFullerton, CA1981
Simon, Jr., Steven.Newport Beach California: celebrating 90 years.Simon Fine ArtBalboa Island, CA1996
Felton, James P., ed.Newport Beach the first century, 1888-1988.Sultana Press et alBrea, CA1988
Gray, Pamela Lee.Newport Beach (Images of America).Arcadia PublishingChicago, IL2003
Delaney, Jeff.Newport Beach (Postcard History Series).Arcadia PublishingCharleston, SC2005
Baker, Gayle, Ph.D.Newport Beach: a harbortown history.HarborTown HistoriesSanta Barbara, CA2004
Aves, Melanie.Newport Beach: a photographic portrait.Twin Lights PublishersRockport, MA2001
Jennings, Jim.Old Balboa Island stories: from 1907 to the millennium.Jim JenningsBalboa Island, CA
White, Nibs.Once upon an island: tales of early days on Balboa Island 1914-1941.Nibs WhiteBalboa Island, CA1994
Fournier, Jim.Tales of Balboa: second and final edition.Jim FournierBalboa, CA2010
Orton, Charles W.Colorful coast: an illustrated history of Newport Beach & harbor.Heritage Media Corp.Encinitas, CA1997
Westfall, Douglas Paul.History of Corona del Mar: a centennial issue.Paragon Agency Pub.Orange, CA2004
Simon, Steve.Spirit of Newport Beach.Simon Fine ArtBalboa Island, CA2001
Towler, Ernie, ed.Trains to Newport. (Trainline)So. Pac. Historical & Tech. Soc.1985
Delaney, Jeff.Newport Beach's Balboa and Balboa Island (Images of America).Arcadia PublishingCharleston, SC2007
Fournier, Jim.Tales of Balboa: photos from the past.Balboa GalleryBalboa, CA2010
Trela, Christopher.Newport Beach centennial: celebrating a century 1906-2006.OCR MagazinesSanta Ana, CA2006
Smith, Gail Vinje.Picture history of Balboa Island, 1906-1981.Balboa Island HeritageBalboa Island, CA1981
Smith, Jerry.Journey through Upper Newport Bay, second edition.N. B. Naturalists & FriendsNewport Beach, CA2001
Capielo, George.City of Newport Beach.Barrett & BarrettNewport Beach, CA2001
Delaney, Jeff.Newport Beach (Then & Now).Arcadia PublishingChaleston, SC2011
D'Alessio, Dennis.Newport book: 100 year edition: Newport Beach 1906-2006.Newport Book.comCosta Mesa, CA2007
Gardner, Judge Robert.Naughty Newport.N. B. Historical Society PressNewport Beach, CA2001
Sherman, H. L.History of Newport Beach.Times-Mirror PressLos Angeles, CA1931
Fournier, Jim.As I see it: Balboa-Newport Beach California.Balboa GalleryBalboa, CA2011
Houlihan, Kate.Finding Newport Beach a photo essay.Naeco PublishingLouisville, KY2011
Davis, Lenard.Lido Isle an illustrated history.Lynn Brown & AssociatesNewport Beach, CA2011
Gardner, Judge Robert.Art of body surfing.Chilton Book Co.New York, NY1972
McMillan, Hugh R.Beach rat days.Newport Harbor EnsignNewport Beach, CA1973
Masucci, Dan.Did you know?Lee KnudsonNewport Beach, CA1988
Balboa Island Ferry.Pictorial history of happy years.N. P.1950
Castle, Ramona.Old Newport, the seaport years; childhood reminiscenses.Sandpiper PressNewport Beach, CA1970
Osburn, Barbara S.Bay Island Club, 1903 - 1960.Hendricks Printing Co.Newport Beach, CA1962
Newport Beach.Newport Beach, the finest natural resort in So. Ca.Los Angeles, CA1910
Strohschein, Joan.Life around Newport Harbor.Curriculum Comm. of O. C.1963
Talbert, Thomas B.Historical volume & reference works… O. C. (3 vols.) Newport vol. 3.Historical PublishersWhittier, CA1963
Am. Sail Training Assoc.Tall ships Pacific.Rand McNallySan Francisco, CA1978
Ballard, Jackie.Tale of a dream that came true.Lynn Brown & Assoc.Orange Co., CA2009
Blaich, John A.Large yachts of Newport Harbor before W. W. II.Newport Harbor Nautical MuseumNewport Beach, CA2000
CA State UniversitySouth Coast soundings.CSUF FullertonFullerton, CA1979
Hickman, Martin L.Santa Catalina Island (Postcard history series).Arcadia PublishingSan Fransisco, CA2001
Pederson, Jeannine.Catalina by air.Arcadia PublishingSan Francisco, CA2006
Register.Orange County Diamond Jubilee 1889 - 1964.The RegisterSanta Ana, CA1964
Taylor, Ruth Ellen.Legacy: the Orange County story.The Register.Santa Ana, CA1980
NB Chamber of Commerce.Newport, Balboa, ocean and bay.City of Newport BeachNewport Beach, CA1928
Soiland, Albert.Saga of Newport Bay & Newport Harbor Yacht Club.Los Angeles, CA1936
Erickson, C. E.Sunset sportsman's atlas southern California coast.Lane PublishingMenlo Park, CA1953
Burton, Mary Everett.Happy house: early days in Corona del Mar.Mary Everett BurtonCorona del Mar, CA1976
Brown, Giles T.Ships that sail no more: transportation from San Diego to Puget Sound 1910-1940.U of Kentucky PressLexington, KY1960
Baltz, LewisDeaths in Newport.Onestar PressParis, France2002
Stone, Leslie.Historic photos of Orange County.Turner PublishingNashville, TN2008
Davis, LenardNewport! (HISTORICAL FICTION).Lynn Brown & AssociatesNewport Beach, CA2010
Butler, Lowell.Outdoor play places of CA.WestwaysOrange County, CA1954
Novak, Michael.Newport Beach Fire Department.Arcadia PublishingSan Francisco, CA2008