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What was the area where the Peninsula Shopping Center is today like before it was developed?


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.

For more interesting things about the Palos Verdes Peninsula and it's history see Palos Verdes Secrets & Little Known Facts  and HISTORY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES

For more information about Palos Verdes and South Bay Real Estate and buying and selling a home on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, visit my website at http://www.maureenmegowan.com . I try to make this the best real estate web blog in the South Bay Los Angeles and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. I would love to hear your comments or suggestions.

Comment balloon 0 commentsMaureen Megowan • May 27 2011 09:17PM
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