Monday, June 17, 2024

Long Beach History

The waves aren’t returning: The Long Beach breakwater is here to stay—and it’s been that way for a while

This isn't news. That's for sure. But it might have been lost as it was released shortly before the pandemic in December of 2019: The Long Beach breakwater—the vast, linear seawall that joins two others in stretching across the coast of Long Beach and largely prevents larger waves hitting our shores—isn't going anywhere. Meaning said waves aren't coming back.

Tour the oil islands, step inside historical homes, and more: Long Beach Architecture Week 2024 arrives

From celebrating the 100th birthday of Downtown Long Beach's historic Cooper Arms building to having a tour of the T.H.U.M.S. Islands, Long Beach Architecture Week is taking 2024 by the foundation with a slew of events for everyone's inner lover of architecture, spatial history, and Long Beach appreciation.

Long Beach Lost: When the waves brought avid surfers and competitions to our shores

In this part of Long Beach Lost, we explore Long Beach surfing—something that might be completely strange to think of now. But Long Beach was, at one point, one of the most sought-after early era surf spots along the West Coast with its six-foot swells that earned it the moniker of "Queen of the Beaches."

Yes, there’s (another) free disco party aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach (costume contest included)

The Queen Mary, in conjunction with Longbeachize and Visit Long Beach, will be hosting a free disco'n'funk party inside its Observation Bar on Thursday, April 18 from 8PM to 11PM.

Long Beach Lost: Club Sylvia, North Long Beach’s queer-fully odd, into-the-wee-hours drag bar

In this part of Long Beach Lost, we explore the history of Club Sylvia, nestled at the corner of 61st Street and Cherry Avenue in North Long Beach. It was the headquarters for drag queens—and for good reason.

The disturbing, creepy history of Long Beach’s ‘Scorecard Killer,’ Randy Kraft

Following the recent news that, nearly 50 years after his death was falsely ruled as accidental and his body unidentified, Michael Ray Schlicht's body was identified. So we are revisiting the perturbing tale of Long Beach's "Scorecard Killer," Randy Kraft.

Rain or shine, Easter Walk Long Beach will continue this weekend, carrying decades of Herstory

Come rain or shine, the 27th annual Easter Walk Long Beach will continue its tradition of uplifting those in need, celebrating queerness, and connecting businesses with patrons—all in a pair of heels.

Long Beach Lost: The glorious, sad history of the late modern architectural masterpiece everyone hated

Seemingly uninviting and rubbing shoulders with the Brutalist architectural movement, the former Long Beach City Hall that opened in 1978 was one that was built by a dream team that included mid-mod master Edward Killingsworth and prolific Long Beach architect Don Gibbs.