Digital drawing of the Casino Ballroom, Avalon, Catalina, by artist Jim Van Schaack at
Casino Ballroom , Avalon, Catalina Island

Catalina Island - A View of the Casino on Avalon

For at least 7,000 years Catalina Island, just a few miles off the cost of Los Angeles, California, has been inhabited by various native American groups. Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo visited the island in 1542, only 50 years after Columbus first sailed into the Western Hemisphere. In the late 1800’s Catalina Island became an integral part of Southern California. In 1925 the Casino building at Avalon harbor, pictured here, was constructed and has served as the social center of the island since that time. Catalina island today is the destination by sea and air for vacationers from around the world.

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