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Terminal Island: Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor, 1880 – 1942

September 23, 2015


Terminal Island: Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor is a new book that examines the people of the San Pedro Bay Islands that have been lost to time and the stories that have disappeared into the ether of commercial development. The book includes never before published images and information about Terminal Island that may prove revelatory to those interested in Los Angeles History.

In the first half of the book, author Geraldine Knatz revives the resort communities of Brighton and Terminal Beach that once flourished in Los Angeles Harbor. These histories are given dimension as Knatz re-discovers some of Los Angeles’ brightest artists and intellectuals who called Terminal Island home between 1880 and 1929.

In the second half of the book, author Naomi Hirahara examines the Japanese Fishing Village, Furusato and the vibrant community that thrived on the island prior to World War II. Hirahara resuscitates the spirit of the community by giving the reader a glimpse of its uniquely Japanese-American culture and relays the personal stories that made it home.

terminalisland2600Terminal Island, showing the bathhouse at the center of the Island, circa 1905

The book is available for purchase at the Japanese-American Museum, Los Angeles Maritime Museum, Point Fermin Lighthouse, and San Pedro Bay Historical Society. It is also part of the collection at the Los Angeles Public Library.


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