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Huntington Beach Sculptures Capture History


Huntington Beach --The history of Huntington Beach spans millennia of change, geologic activity and a variety of weather climates, animals and plant life. Nearby Los Angeles La Brea Tar Pits and Southern California digs have yielded Mastodon bones, pointing to a tropical climate capable of feeding large animals. 


Earliest records for Huntington Beach point to bands of Indians who may have lived on plateaus such as the bolsa (large table of land) above the Pacific Ocean at Huntington Beach, in and around what is now Bolsa Chica wetlands and Bolsa Chica State Beach.  Most likely the hunted, gathered and collected an abundance of fish from the sea. Several such local sites show evidence as Native burial grounds.


Fast forward to the Gold Rush, land rush, and oil boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Huntington Beach offered huge deposits of "black gold" that was crucial to the development of Los Angeles and would reflect in its penchant for freeways and cars as the rail system red car rail system that passed through Huntington Beach from Los Angeles was abandon during the mid-20th century.


Today you will continue to see signs of oil in Huntington Beach. Some oil platforms off the coast continue to suck the oil from beneath the ocean floor.  Oil pumps around the city continue to draw oil from deposits not yet played out.  And often when you purchase a house near an oil field, you must agree to sign away the rights to the oil underneath your land.



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