Just a few "tidbits" of Santa Monica history listed here. So much more history, stories, & "hotspots" shared on Santa Monica Walking Tours!
Bank Tower Clock In 1929, this art deco building with two clock faces was erected. Through satellite synchronization, these historical clocks are visible for miles & even back lit at night.
Camera Obscura (Italian for "dark room") A life-size, walk through pinhole camera (one of three in the United States). Revolving turret on the roof that can be rotated by means of an old ship's wheel inside, capturing an image of the surrounding ocean's beauty that is reflected on the table. The focus changes as the table is tilted. Palisades Park, N. of Broadway Open 10AM-5PM daily. Free.
The Fairmont Miramar Has the famous 80 foot tall Moreton Bay Fig Tree. . More juicy details about the tree's historical Santa Monica story on the Walking Tour!
Juneteenth Recognizes the freeing of slaves in America as a result of the Civil War and the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. It is the oldest known commemoration of the end of slavery and is celebrated in more than 150 cities and 30 states. Santa Monica is one of those cities. (310) 451-8124
Route 66 (First Federal Interstate Highway) ends in Santa Monica. Dedicated in 1926 & went from Chicago to Los Angeles, & over the years stretched to Santa Monica. Will show the once rumored Route 66 local ending point, (touching Santa Monica's shore) on the Downtown Santa Monica Walking Tour.
Hot Dog on a Stick? Who knew that this long standing food venue actually began in Santa Monica. Corn Dogs with a family secret breading family recipe & lemonade became popular items at the beach. We'll show you the locale of the 1st stand from 1946 on the SM Downtown Walking Tour!
St. Monica Statue greets you on Wilshire & Ocean Ave. in Palisades Park. There is a great story about how Santa Monica came to be named, & how this beautiful statue is a tribute to the woman behind it.
Angels Attic Museum Non profit Museum, in a restored Queen Anne Victorian 1895. What's in it? So much more to share on the Tours!
Santa Monica's History Museum: Now open at our beautiful Main Library 1350 7th St. (310) 395-2290 Tues-Thurs: 12-8pm Wed-Sat: 10-5pm Rare books, oil paintings, maps, etc. Fee: $8.00, Members & under 12 free
Santa Monica has so much great history. The best is yet to come! Look forward to seeing you on the Walking Tours!