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ORANGE COUNTY ALMANAC : Huntington Beach Oil Boom

Until 1920, Huntington Beach was sparsely populated. Discovery of oil that year drew permanent residents as well as a stampede of temporary oil-field workers.

The Orange County Review noted in 1921: “Seventeen months ago, Huntington Beach was a sleepy little town of 2,400 souls. Today there are 8,500 permanent residents and a floating population of perhaps 4,000.”

Source: Orange County Review


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