Pictures of Santa Catalina Island thru the years. Above photo: 1953.
“Camp Clemente,” a temporary campground somewhere on Catalina Island in the late 1800s.
A monster-size black sea bass weighing 384-pounds was caught with a rod and reel off Catalina Island by Franklin Schenck of Brooklyn, NY. Photo dated August 17, 1900. It set a world record at that time.
The Hotel Metropole was constructed in 1888 by George Shatto. After the Banning family purchased the island in 1892, they expanded the size of the building. It later burned to the ground on November 29, 1915.
A view of Avalon from the S.S. Cabrillo, which began transporting visitors from San Pedro to Catalina Island in 1904.
Kids on the island in 1905.
Fishing in 1906.
A photographer on the beach at Avalon Bay, circa 1906.
A surreal photograph from the Banning era.
A glass bottom boat ride, circa 1909.
A young boy sitting inside the mouth of a jewfish, captured in 1909. The pic says the boy’s name was Johna [sic], Jr.
Monstrous sunfish caught by W.M. McMillan of East Africa at Catalina Island, on April 1, 1910. The weight of the sunfish was estimated to be 3,500 pounds (1600 kg).
Photo: Library of Congress
A 1912 postcard view of Avalon.
An island visitor, wearing the latest polka dot swimwear of the 1920s.
A happy visitor in 1924.
Tourists looking at the Catalina Island Marine Gardens while taking a glass bottom boat ride, c. 1930