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Revisiting El Morro History

El Morro Beach in 2006 after trailers were cleared.

 El Morro, from Joan Irvine Smith’s 2006 book “A California Woman’s Story”


”In 1927, Robert Windolph, who provided propane to the coastal farmers, secured a lease from The Irvine Company and established Tyron’s Camp on the beach at El Morro Cove north of Abalone Point; there he added a restroom and opened a market that offered fresh abalone to campers.

In 2000, full-size mobile homes lined the beach.

“Tent camping grew in popularity on the beaches of California during the 1930s; Tryron’s Camp eventually was renamed El Morro Camp, after the beach it represented. Trailers and recreational vehicles replaced tent camping in the 1940s, and parking spaces were made available for trailers on the beach as well as on the inland side of the Coast Highway. In 1954 the facility was renamed El Morro Trailer Park.”

Historical photos courtesy of 
Laguna Beach Historical Society

In its final days in 2006, residents set up a temporary memorial to mark the era’s end. Photo by Jay Rubin. Another view of early campers at El Morro. Photo from the Tom Pulley Postcard Collection.

The newly established Coast Highway, which opened through Laguna late in the 1930s.

The beach remained fenced off during 2007.

July 4 visitors lingered this week, among the first to take advantage of the newly established El Moro campground, which takes the name of El Moro Canyon. Photo by Ted Reckas

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