The other day I posted a competition-proposed idea of turning the medians along the boulevards in Long Beach into channels, which would apparently relieve flooding during future storms (read –What do you folks think of the ‘Channels along boulevards of Long Beach to prevent flooding’ idea?).
In that post, I mentioned how Long Beach once had inlets and natural channels; little did I know our barrier island was more manufactured than I though. With that, A reader named Joseph sent in the image of our Island with the following caption:This is a map of some of Lido Beach to the west end of Long Beach created in 1880. The green highlights illustrate today’s seashore topographical outline. Some of Northern Lido was originally a marsh island in the bay which was dredged in half, and filled into the inlet South of it. (This is between today’s Bob Jone’s Canal- and the Middle School.) There’s another inlet visible approximately at New York Ave.
The map might be slightly hard to read, but you can click on the image for a larger view.
New Map Added: I was told this was around 1880….