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History of Catalina Island

Information about the history of Catalina Island in Southern California.

Owners of Catalina Island

1846-1850: Thomas M. Robbins
1850: Jose Maria Covarrubias
1867-1887: James Lick
1887-1892: George Shatto
1892-1919: Banning Family
1919-1972: Wrigley Familyu
1972: Catalina Island Conservancy

Historic Figures of Catalina

David F. Blankenhorn (1886-1969) | Blankenhorn and Hunter Real Estate Firm |
Etta Marilla Whitney | named the town of Avalon |
George Rufus Shatto (1850-1893)| bought Cataina Island in 1887 |
Hancock Banning (1865-1925) | son of Phineas Banning |
James Lick (1796-1876)
Jose Maria Covarrubias (1809-1870)
Joseph Brent Banning (1861-1920) | son of Phineas Banning |
Philip Knight Wrigley (1894-1977) | son of William Wrigley, Jr. |
Phineas Banning (1830-1885) | father of the 3 Banning brothers |
Robert E. Hunter | Blankenhorn and Hunter Real Estate Firm |
Thomas M. Robbins (1801-1854)
William Banning (1858-1945) | son of Phineas Banning |
William Wrigley III (1933-1999)
William Wrigley, Jr. (1861-1932)

More About Catalina History

George Shatto
bought the island in 1887 for $200.000. He built the original Metropole Hotel and Steamer Pier. He also auctioned off Avalon lots for $150 to $2,000. Due to financial difficulties, Shatto defaulted on his loans and lost the island to the Banning Brothers in 1891.

Bannning Brothers

Catalina Chamber "Catalina History" Article"
Article with information about the Native Americans of Catalina Island, Spanish discovery of the island, otter hunters, smugglers, the Mexican land grant, and ranching, mining, and military occupation of Catalinal Also includes a historic timeline of Catalina Island. Published on the official Web site of the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.

LA County Library "Catalina Community History" Article

Catalina Chamber "Catalina's Hollywood History" Article

Catalina Chamber "Catalina Historic Landmarks" Article

Catalina Island Company History

Catalina Island Community History

Catalina Island Travel Guide

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