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Posted by Richard Damon on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 13:07:19 :

In Reply to: China Beach origin posted by John Martini on Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 19:43:19 :

: Hi. I'm researching the history of Lands End and have hit a wall when it comes to the origins of the name "China Beach." All I've found so far are third-hand references and rumors of a Chinese fishing village supposedly located there, but no one can provide any solid evidence of its existence. Can anyone point me towards primary resources that discuss China Beach's origins?

I was raised in the Richmond district in the 50's and I remember China Beach long before it was named 'Phelan Beach'. My earliest memories are of a long slope of iceplant down to the beach. Even then, everyone called it 'China Beach'. Then about 1955, they did the improvements: a winding road down to the beach, ending at an oblong building with locker rooms and a snack bar at one end (the other end had an amateur weight lifting club just outdoors from the building). It was always 'China Beach' as far back as I can remember, any everyone still called it 'China Beach' long after the name officially changed.

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