Just as Balboa was
finding itself, next door neighbor East Newport
was being born.
East Newport was a development of the East Newport Town Company,
and was promoted as having fronts on both the bay and ocean. It boasted oiled streets, cement curbs and sidewalks as well as
gas, electricity, water and telephone service. Hotels,
stores and restaurants were also part of the township's offerings.
East Newport, encompassing only a couple of blocks, was located
at the corner of Island Avenue and Balboa Boulevard, and was the
first stop on the old Red Car after leaving Balboa.
The Pacific Electric Red Car.
Some of the original commercial buildings still stand, although
the cafe featured in the photo above is now a Laundromat and the
gas station is a coffee shop. The late Wayne Moses, better known as Mr. Balboa, remembered
the old building that stood on the location of his barber shop
before it was built by
his father, was an old flop-house hotel, occupied mostly by ladies
of the night. At the end of Island Avenue on the bay side is Bay
Island, now exclusive homes. But back when East Newport was being
developed, Bay Island was home to the Bay Island Club and the
South Coast Yacht Club. The South Coast Yacht Club was
noted for being a social and recreational fixture with its
spacious ballroom and hardwood floors. Today, if you walk along the
streets of the old East Newport Township, you can still see some of the beautiful old
homes that were originally built during its early days.
Just One Of The Beautiful Old
Homes in East Newport.
BMOA President gets benches for our bay
Gay Wassall Kelly and husband
Bill enjoying the view from one of
the new benches.
Thanks to the efforts of BMOA president Gay
Wassall Kelly and her husband Bill, we now have five badly needed
benches on our bay front near the ferry landing. It took six weeks
for the Kellys to get the city's permission to move these benches
from their old Main Street location to the bay front. Bill spent
three weeks refinishing the benches in their garage.
National Library Week
April 6 - 12
As a special treat, the Balboa Library will have 2 special guest
storytime readers this week. Tuesday, April 8, 10:30 a.m., Brian
Slater of the NB Fire Dept., will join in the reading of stories
and play the bagpipes. Jeff Brouwer, NB Police Dept., will be the
guest reader for the Saturday, April 12 storytime at 10:30, he
will also be showing the kids his police motorcycle.
Please join us for these very special activities. The Balboa
Library is located at 100 E. Balboa Blvd.
Unsightly old crane is removed from bay
Click image to see a slide show
of the crane's removal.
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Don Dawson is a long time Balboa fixture. He was the skipper
for the maiden voyage of all three of the Catalina passenger
boats and a world adventurer, including
devoted many years searching for his brother's remains in Viet
Nam which was chronicled in Life magazine, and now a movie is
being made about his quest.
From Dick Vogel's
personal photo album.
This is a picture of my dad, Dr. John F. Vogel Jr. and his first
wife, June. June was the mother of my oldest brother, John
F. Vogel III. She was also the daughter of Tommy Boucher
(pronounced Booshey) who was the Harbor Master back then. They are
standing in front of my dad's bike shop in 1939. The building is
still there at 605 E. Balboa Blvd. between Washington and Palm.
Most people remember it as the Dry Cleaners.
I've also included this photo of my son John taken at the
same location a few months ago.
Hi Jim, Thank you so much for the picture and article on
Christians Hut. I used to go there with my parents in the 1950's.
We would always rent a place at the Twin Palms Apartments about
four doors south of the Pavilion. I remember my dad telling me
that Victor McLagen the actor had a place next door. Keep up the
Sun Valley Idaho
This is outrages. My Dad grew up in Balboa, he is 76 (I think).
Still have the house, right on the board walk. Now my sister and
family live there. Kinda cool, the only old thing left on the
block. Dad tells me stories all the time about old Balboa. Almost
feels like I was there. I really like your web-site. Maybe I can
find some old pictures to send to you.
Have a good one
I love to keep in touch via the Tales of Balboa. I love the
paintings of the Balboa pavilion by Susan Newcomb and remember
seeing them somewhere as Christmas cards. A search of the
internet hasn't been fruitful. Do you know where her paintings or
posters might be available?
Thanks so much.
Jim, I have received some emails from my letter on your website
about Christian's Hut, and they all comment on how great your
website is. I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier, but
could I link my website,
www.timmorgon.com, on yours? Could you send me info
and prices? I suppose I should have thought of this before
everyone did their Christmas shopping. Hey, let me know what I
need to do. Thanks again, Tim
Jim your web site is terrific......what an excellent job. My most
CONGRATULATIONS!!! LOVE IT!!! Newport-Mesa resident since 1933
I was so pleased to stumble upon this site. The peninsula was my
stomping ground while in high school. My mother and I had moved
there from Texas when I was 14, and of course as a teenager I
didn't appreciate what I really had. Now that I'm older with
children of my own (and back in Texas) I fully understand the
privilege I witnessed spending my teen years there. If things go
as planned, I will be returning next month for good, to give my
children the opportunity to experience and appreciate the unique
and refreshing spirit of Balboa.