doheny state park before the harbor

harbor under construction


reworking the original pier area

breakwaters were the first thing built

city development before the harbor


people gather for dedication to a resort never built


The blue lantern, a 1920’s pit stop on highway 1

another view of the blue lantern

entrance to doheny state park


the captains anchorage

highway 1 – old entrance to beach road


monarch beach and the strand north of the harbor


the strand early years

heading north into dana point


sunbathing at dana point pier


Another Heading

Highway 1 under contruction


orange county ranches

dana point aerial before the harbor

walking to the strand


the dana point pier before the harbor

Killer Dana surf break

motorcycling near dana hills high school


the Strand

the Dana point villa

an early storm


The dana point Villa


The dana point pier



Doheny state park








constructing highway 1



new shopping center in laguna niguel


the dana dips



early dana point 1927


golden lantern



dana point as purchased by otis chandler



early dana point development





highway 1 development



doheny state park

the dana villa


a beach day in capistrano



heading south into dana point



harbor under construction

the harbor under construction


The old texaco staiton

the captains anchorage menu











beach house rental

STR #1251-#1252

“the most romantic spot I have ever seen”

Richard henry dana “two years before the mast”

We think historical photos of Dana Point are fun.  South Orange County development has changed the landscape significantly over the years.  This page goes back in time, to a period when the area was home to Killer Dana, a surf break off Dana Point before the Dana Point Harbor was constructed in the 1960’s.  Before that, we all heard stories of how cattlemen threw tanned hides off the cliffs of Dana Point to clipper ships who took them back to the east coast. Historical photos dana point – beach house rental provide the backdrop for the House located on Doheny Beach, in Dana Point.

The first photo shows Dana Point before the harbor, and while San Juan Creek was an estuary.  Water from the San Juan Creek has been used for generations to plant crops, grow cattle and sustain.  Otis Chandler, publisher of the LA Times who married the queen of California cotton purchased the point in the early part of the 20th century.  In the foreground of the picture are trailers on the beach in Doheny State Park.  Donated by the Forster Family, the state park is still a favorite RV destination, and for day use to the south.  The beach house rental is the fifth house from the southern end of Doheny State Park.

The Dana Villa, the old Richfield sign, and Coast Highway, the only way to get from Los Angeles to San Diego before the interstate. 

The last picture shown is a menu from the Captains Anchorage, a place I worked all through college.  It served king crab legs and was located in the city of Dana Point.  A lot of local surfers washed dishes and bussed tables there so have some money to be able to go surfing……