How Catalina Evaded the Conquest

“On a clear day, you can see Catalina.” From noir femme fatales to juice-cleansing hikers, the phrase has been echoed by Angelenos for decades, if not centuries.

Los Angeles’ citizens use Santa Catalina Island as a smog barometer, but few know how its pristine natural beauty abided against all odds. Mainland California endured ravages at the hands of those attempting to manifest their own destinies – whether through oil, gold, or fame.

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