Annual Report of the Board of Harbor Commissioners of the City of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. Fiscal Year July 1, 1929 to June 30, 1930
by The City of Los Angeles, Board of Harbor Commissioners
Los Angeles:: Bureau of Printing, City of Los Angeles,, 1930. First Edition. Paperback. Very Good. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 inches. 91 pp. Index, list of the Board of Commissioners and portraits of the main characters opposite, black-and-white photographic illustrations throughout, tables, folding map, charts; text clean, unmarked. Green printed pictorial wrappers, staple-bound; binding square and tight, shelf / use wear to covers. Ed Jones signature in pencil on front cover. Very Good. This is one in a series of Annual Reports by the Board of Harbor Commissioners detailing some of the most expansive years at the Port of Los Angeles. Today the Port of Los Angeles is a complex that occupies 7,500 acres of land and water along 43 miles of waterfront. The port is located in San Pedro Bay. The Port of Los Angeles is a department of the City of Los Angeles and employs nearly 896,000 people throughout Los Angeles County and 3.6 million people worldwide. The modern history of the Port of Los Angeles began when Phineas Banning greatly improved shipping by dredging the channel to Wilmington in 1871 to a depth of 10 feet. That year the port handled 50,000 tons of shipping. When Phineas Banning died in 1885, his sons promoted the port, then handling 500,000 tons of shipping a year. The Southern Pacific Railroad sought to create a Port of Los Angeles at Santa Monica in 1893. Harrison Gray Otis and U.S. Senator Stephen White advocated for federal support for the Port of Los Angeles at San Pedro Bay. The Free Harbor Fight was settled when San Pedro received federal support in 1897. A breakwater was begun in 1899, and Los Angeles annexed the area in 1909. The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners was founded in 1907. During the 1920s, the Port of Los Angeles surpassed San Francisco as the West Coast's busiest seaport. In the early 1930s, a massive expansion of the port was undertaken with the construction of a breakwater three miles out and over two miles in length. (Inventory #: GG32215A-036)
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