Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Canals of Venice.... Beach

Although I've been to the canals in Venice Beach, California, I never knew the story behind them. Via Laughing Squid:

"Many people may not know the reason behind the name of the Venice district of Los Angeles (and neighboring Venice Beach). Orginally called Venice of America, it was founded on July 4th, 1905 by local developer Abbot Kinney who had numerous canals dug as a tribute to the orginal Venice, Italy and also as a way drain the marshes to aid in developing the area. Unfortunately many of the canals were paved over in 1929 to make way for more roads, but several still remain."

Title link takes you to more shots on Flickr. Make sure to check out the post on Laughing Squid for a top down Google map image of the canals.

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