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Exhibit 39


Spring 1946 at the Old Salt Lake site - Illustration and Photographs Integrated

This exhibit displays three types of resources showing some surface condition details at and around the Old Salt Lake site in the Spring of 1946. The first resource is a portion of an April 1946 "General Plan" illustration which has markup added to integrate it with the second resource - eight Southern California Edison March 1946 photographs of the site. The third resource is a Google Earth screenshot with the same markup added on it as on the first resource. The goal is to display these resources here in a manner that should be self-explanatory whether or not you read the rest of this brief introduction.

Displayed first is a portion of an April 1946 U.S. Army Corp of Engineers "General Plan of Improvement Redondo Beach Harbor" (Plan). The portion shown here is the upper left corner of the Plan which details the "Salt Lake" and the area around it. Note the great sand dune feature to the west of the lake - it has markup added to it by the creator of this exhibit. The markup is in the color red. The markup indicates the approximate position from which the following next resource - eight photographs were taken from in 1946 (on top of the sand dune), as well as, the direction the photographer was pointing the camera.

Before introducing the following photographs in more detail, here is the full title of the report which the Plan is a part of. The report is the "Letter From The Secretary Of The Army Transmitting A Letter From The Chief Of Engineers, United States Army, Dated July 1949, Submitting A Report, Together With Accompanying Papers And Illustrations, On A Review Of Reports On Redondo Beach Harbor, Calif., Requested By A Resolution Of The Committee On Rivers And Harbors, House Of Representatives, Adopted On April 17, 1939". An original copy of this Letter with the illustration (Plan) is in the Redondo Beach Main Public Library.

So, on March 29, 1946 Southern California Edison photographer G. Haven Bishop from a fixed position on the sand dune took eight photographs each in a different compass orientation in effect to capture a 360 degree view of the place at that point in time. The reason he was documenting the surface of the place he was standing on at that time was in the next days - Southern California Edison would begin the process of demolishing the old power plant facility (built by Henry Huntington some 40 years earlier) and replace it with an updated and expanded power plant facility area. This process included excavating with bulldozers the great sand dune feature into dikes and embankments on top of the Salt Lake area.

Bishop's job was to capture in photographs the change in the surface condition of the site. His work is now part of the Southern California Edison Archive Collection at The Huntington Library. Note the URL under each photograph displayed below. The URL points to the specific web page at the Huntington Digital Library for that photograph where the people there have expertly provided you with the ability to view a higher resolution version of the photograph with zoom-in capability, as well as, read its metadata.


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1 - Looking North

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p16003coll2/id/38700/rec/375

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2 - Looking Northeast

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p16003coll2/id/38707/rec/378

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3 - Looking East

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p16003coll2/id/38706/rec/380

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4 - Looking Southeast

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p16003coll2/id/38705/rec/381

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5 - Looking South

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p16003coll2/id/38704/rec/382

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6 - Looking Southwest

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p16003coll2/id/38703/rec/376

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7 - Looking West

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p16003coll2/id/38702/rec/379

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8 - Looking Northwest

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p16003coll2/id/38701/rec/377

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