A sinking island! Political intrigue! The world’s biggest plane! A giant can of tuna! Mud! Millions of dollars at stake! Miss Universe!
On a movie poster, these would be the ingredients of a very strange adventure. But in real life, they’re part of the amazing true story of the Port of Long Beach, as told in Port Town.
That story comes to life in an exhibit running from Aug. 7 through Nov. 6 at the Historical Society of Long Beach. With one-of-a-kind artifacts, rare photos and video, the exhibit tells the story of the Port of Long Beach and the men and women who built it from a marshy mud flat into one of the greenest and most modern ports in the world.
You’ll learn why the Port isn’t in Santa Monica, why Long Beach and Los Angeles have separate ports, how a near disaster for the city turned into a big benefit for the Port today, and much more.
“This is our history, one that we should all know and be proud to call our own,” said Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners President Doug Drummond. “I hope you will all come to experience the fascinating story of our city’s greatest economic asset.”