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Re: China Beach origin

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Posted by Ron Filion on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 14:50:59 :

In Reply to: Re: China Beach origin posted by Ron Filion on Friday, July 29, 2005 at 17:25:22 :

More facts:

(1) The name of the beach was changed to "China Beach" in 1979 by the "United States Board on Geographic Names." Here's the entry on their website:

Feature ID: 252417
Name: China Beach
Class: Beach
Size: 366 m (1200 ft) long
Description: At the southwest end of Baker Beach on South Bay, 2.4 km (1.5 mi)

United States Board on Geographic Names. 1979b. Decisions on Geographic Names in the United States, April through June 1979. (Decision list no. 7902.) Washington: Department of the Interior, 33p.


(2) Here's what is written on the landmark out there:

"China Beach...Since Gold Rush times, this cove was used as a campsite by many of the Chinese fishermen who worked in and around San Francisco Bay. Their efforts to supply the needs of a young city helped establish one of the area's most important industries and traditions."

Source: Picture, text, and history at

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