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White Point Resort in San Pedro

Between the turn of the 20th century and WWII, the White Point area of San Pedro was home to a thriving Japanese community of abalone fisherman and farmers. In 1899, Japanese fisherman leased beach front property at White Point from Ramon Sepulveda with the intention of establishing an abalone fishery at that location. By 1903, they had earned enough money to construct a cannery at the fishery. After the fishery closed, the area became a Japanese farming community and a resort locale. In 1917, Japanese constructed a sea side resort centered around a sulfur sulphur spring at the base of the cliffs. The resort consisted of a two story hotel and restaurant, three salt water plunges, an enclosed boating area, and a bathhouse. In 1933, however, an earthquake sealed off sulfur sulphur springs, and depressed economic conditions forced the closure of the resort.

White Point  White's Point Hot Springs, San Pedro, California. by Palos Verdes Local History.
White Point Health Resort -  Circa 1920's

White's Point Hot Springs, San Pedro, California. by Palos Verdes Local History.
Diver at White Point Reso0rt

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Comment balloon 1 commentMaureen Megowan • August 26 2009 02:14PM


Thank you so much for your historical articles. I have a history question that arose after viewing a informational board posted in the old ft MacArthur nike missle site area. It refered to a mound directly across the street from the entrance to Palms. The mound of earth is surrounded by a few palm trees and some other random trees and bushes arranged in a row. The information board said that it was the location of a Supulveda house. Would that be the remains of Ramon Sepulvedas residence? Also, do you have any information on the house just to the north of the mayvar house on the cliff overlooking palms. We used to call it the Conners house cause those were the people who lived there. But as a kid, i had heard it was part of the resort...or a resort back in the day. Do you know anything about that?

Thank you so much for any assistance, and thanks again for helping to ensure the heritage of San Pedro is easily accessable online.


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