“Los Angeles 411” The History of Venice, California

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes RS-78439 / BRE #01708344

 

The Venice Canals digging in 1904.

The Venice Canals present day!

Have you ever been to a place and wondered about the history of it? How the place came to be or how a place obtained its name. Let’s take a short journey and look at the history of “Venice of America” or as we know it today Venice, California.

Venice, California dates all the way back to the year 1890. It is because of one man’s vision by the name of Abbott Kinney, a wealthy tobacco mogul and world traveler, that this amazing place exists still today.

Mr. Kinney transformed a deteriorating marshland West of Los Angeles into the “Coney Island of the Pacific.”  Despite disbelief and opposition, Abbott Kinney’s dream materialized in grand style. He envisioned a resort town culturally reminiscent of Venice, Italy.  Complete with canals, gondolas, amusement piers, hotels and Venetian- Styled structures.

Who needs to go to Venice, Italy when we have Venice, California in our own backyard, thanks to one man’s dream!

For more information about the Venice Canals please visit this link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venice_Canal_Historic_District

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Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Ralph,

Love this historical retrospective of Venice, California.  Although I love California, I would not hesitate to recommend Venice, Italy, also.  Thanks for sharing this.  A

Nov 04, 2010 10:14 AM #1
Rainer
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Kevin Nash
Shorewest Realtors, Metro Milwaukee - Germantown, WI
ABR, CSRS

I love history (www.germantownhistoricalsociety.org) and you can sometimes look at photos for hours wondering what their vission was and if it was the after photo, then they certainly had a good vission!

Nov 04, 2010 10:28 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

I can't believe they dug that by hand. Btw, is Venice, Florida related?

Nov 04, 2010 12:05 PM #3
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Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Ralph ~ I was not aware of it's history.  What an interesting place to visit someday.

Nov 04, 2010 02:48 PM #4
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Brian Doubleday
Brian Doubleday - IML RealEstate - Orange County, CA Broker - Ladera Ranch, CA
Ladera Ranch, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo

Thanks for the info, I was watching a TV program just a few days ago & they were showing the canals, sounds crazy, but I'm from LA originally and didn't know they existed, now I have the background story

Nov 04, 2010 03:42 PM #5
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Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

Love Venice Beach! When I first moved to LA I lived in Playa del Rey. Every day, I would walk my dog up the beach to Venice. There was always so much to see and do there.

Nov 04, 2010 04:08 PM #6
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Barbara Heil-Sonneck
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Still in Love with Venice Italy, but this is a beautiful setting and tempting...

Nov 05, 2010 02:28 AM #7
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HI Ralph - great post about the Venice Canal and I did not know the history. Beautiful photo and thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

Nov 05, 2010 05:47 AM #8
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I'd heard Venice, but never heard of this canal. Maybe next trip to California.

Nov 08, 2010 05:51 AM #9
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