From the early 1900's through 1945, the area now known as The Peninsula Center on Silver Spur Road was periodically covered by seasonal lakes. In Elin Vanderlip's memoirs, she states that the lakes were drained in 1946 and replaced by a detention camp for prisoners, mainly who were there for missing support payments to their ex-wives. Other records indicate that some of the labor for the construction of Crenshaw Boulevard into Palos Verdes was provided by workers from this detention "honor" camp.
Peninsula Center, Silver Spur Road and Hawthorne Blvd. Left, 1960's, Right, Current Google Earth view. Note that neither the High school at the corner or the Shopping Mall have been built in the first photo.
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