San Pedro, California has an extensive and long history. The San Pedro area was originally home to the Tongva Native Americans. Most of their villages were built right near the beach and they masterfully crafted a canoe like structure that they used to travel out to sea with. The history of San Pedro goes back even further than that with archeological findings that laces dates of origin around 8 – 10,000 years ago. San Pedro acquired its name from a bishop in Alexandria, Egypt by the name of Saint Peter of Alexandria.
It wasn’t until 1769 when the Europeans decided to colonize and populate California, did San Pedro start to get recognition. However, this came with trade restrictions that led to a large amount of smuggling. It wasn’t until 1784 when King Carlos III permitted a Spanish land grant, giving the land to Juan Jose Dominguez and the trade restrictions were lifted. The city prospered after this under the name of New Spain of Atlas California. In 1848 The United States successfully defeated the Mexican army in the Mexican-American War, and San Pedro became U.S. territory.
San Pedro has even more history and is full of traditional values. It was actually the home of the U.S. Navy from 1919 to 1940. The Los Angeles port houses a portion of the San Pedro community. In the past San Pedro was known as a fishing community and since then has developed in a city that houses the working class of Los Angeles.
Roughly San Pedro is 12 square miles and approximately 6,400 citizens occupy each square mile. The average age in San Pedro is around 34 years of age. San Pedro is known for being ethnically diverse with a wide span of different ethnicities. Only 24 percent of its population that is over the age of 25 has a four year college degree, which is considered average within the city and county.
San Pedro has much to offer, with a wide variety of parks and beaches There are many parks and recreational centers, like the Point Fermin Park on Paseo Del Mar, which offers several annual events including the ‘Shakespeare By the Sea’, the Lions Club Car show, and lots of other events. Most of the parks offer picnicking, hiking, basketball, and soccer. The Point Fermin Park also has a lighthouse which is a historical landmark, offering tours. San Pedro also has a dog park, the Knoll Hill Off-Leash Dog Park featuring a 2.5 acre area for pets to roam freely. With the beaches there is plenty of room to fish, sail, swim, windsurf, bird watch, and explore marine life.
San Pedro offers many points of interests with significant landmarks. The Vincent Thomas Bridge, which connects San Pedro with Terminal Island, is the third longest suspension bridge in the California. Another prominent landmark is the Church of Mary Star of the Sea. There are also a few museums around the area such as the Pacific Battleship, the Muller House Museum, and the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.