The city of Avalon on Catalina Island celebrates its 100th birthday today. Here’s a view of Avalon long before cityhood, circa 1887.
Courtesy of the USC Libraries - California Historical Society Collection.

The city of Avalon on Catalina Island celebrates its 100th birthday today. Here’s a view of Avalon long before cityhood, circa 1887.

Courtesy of the USC Libraries - California Historical Society Collection.

Seagulls keep handyman Joe Ardago company as he cleans abalone shells in Avalon Bay on Catalina Island, ca. 1900.
Part of the Title Insurance and Trust / C.C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Seagulls keep handyman Joe Ardago company as he cleans abalone shells in Avalon Bay on Catalina Island, ca. 1900.

Part of the Title Insurance and Trust / C.C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Circa 1897 view of the Avalon “tent city” on Santa Catalina Island.

Circa 1897 view of the Avalon “tent city” on Santa Catalina Island.

Town of Avalon on Santa Catalina Island in 1883

Town of Avalon on Santa Catalina Island in 1883