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Secrets of San Pedro revealed on scavenger hunt

September 10, 2009 | 12:03 pm

Vinegar Hill - Underhill 008

The Los Angeles Conservancy and new partner Out of the Box Events are sponsoring an exploration of historic San Pedro from 2 to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 12. The secrets of San Pedro will be revealed through an interactive scavenger hunt. Did you know, for instance, that in 1542 Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo dubbed the San Pedro coast the Bay of Smokes, thus initiating the first air-quality report?  

San Pedro has a rich history as a port, and the highest level of landmark designation in the country can be found along its waterfront, on the National Register of Historic Places. Vinegar Hill, shown above, was an early suburb that housed the area's diverse immigrant population. Examples of Queen Anne and Craftsman style homes can be found alongside later American Colonial and Spanish Colonial Revival styles. Wonder how the neighborhood got its name? You'll just have to come on Saturday to find out.

The event that costs $30 for the general public and $25 for Conservancy members. Information: (323) 799-1374. The event is a great way to find out more about a historic area.

-- Barbara Thornburg

Photo credit: Larry Underhill

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