An icon of Southern California and one of America’s most imaginative and vibrant cities—the fitting destination at the end of Route 66—Santa Monica lies on the brink of the West and is known throughout the nation for its beaches and its Hollywood A-list locals With a foundation built by the Gabrielino Indians and molded by Spanish and Mexican land grants, railroad battles, and a constant influx of settlers, Santa Monica became an oceanside haven for actors and airplane companies, road races and ranchers.
Author Bio: Author, lecturer, and historian Paula A. Scott delves into the colorful and sometimes turbulent story of Santa Monica, exploring the circumstances that forged its unique identity and allowed it to preserve its independence from Los Angeles, as well as the controversies that rocked the city and threatened to tear it apart. This compelling narrative ties striking historic images to rich anecdotes to tell the tale of a beach community with a singular character.
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