Huntington Beach Then & Now: Going Poolside On The Sand

Huntington Beach Then & Now: Going Poolside On The Sand

THEN // As my friend, City Historian Jerry Persons wrote, "When the city of Huntington Beach incorporated in 1909, the major land developer, Huntington Beach Company, decided the town needed a plunge to attract tourists. Its motive was to bring people here to buy lots for summer cottages. That same year, the open-air plunge was built. Since its early days, swimming and diving lessons were given at the plunge. The shallow end was divided from the deep end by a concrete wall. In the 1930s our high school lads would train at the plunge for free, and compete with boys from the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Over the years, the plunge was managed by John Barlow, Clyde and Marie Musgrave, and the last to operate the plunge were Ida and Don Blossom. The Huntington Beach Company wanted to replace the aging plunge with either a resort complex or condominiums in 1961."

NOW // On September 10, 1961, the Blossoms closed the plunge for the last time. On March 19, 1962, the Bruce Brothers Trucking Company hauled away the last remaining timbers of the old Huntington Beach Plunge. The saltwater plunge would have been near the site of Zack's, near the center of the photo.

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