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 Health Resort - Circa 1920's
Diver at White Point Reso0rt
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