Japanese Fishing Village

Japanese Fishing Village. Source: Hometown Santa Monica, p. 22.

Japanese Fishing Village. Source: Hometown Santa Monica, p. 22.

In 1899 fisherman Hatsuji Sano established a residential colony immediately northwest of the Long Wharf. At its peak, the village comprised approximately 300 permanent residents who lived in wooden beachfront cabins on land leased from the Southern Pacific Railroad. The residents were mostly Japanese fisherman, along with a small number of Russian fisher families who used the Long Wharf to unload their catches. The fish was commonly sold at Japanese and Chinese markets in Los Angeles.