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Catalina Island's North American Bison

More than a century ago, William Wrigley Jr. set out to create a “playground for all” on Catalina Island. Today, nearly one million people from all walks of life visit Catalina each year to enjoy everything from a relaxing day at Descanso Beach Club to an exciting ride on the Zip Line Eco Tour. But…

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A Step Back in Time: Bird Park

Catalina Island's Bird Park Catalina Island’s Bird Park opened in 1929 and was a popular attraction in Avalon for over 35 years. Admission to the park was free. It was considered the world’s largest bird park at the time, covering almost seven and a half acres in Avalon Canyon, across from the…

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The Catalina Wine Mixer is Real

Those familiar with the movie Step Brothers will get the reference to the Catalina Wine Mixer. The characters in the film, Dale and Brennan, played by John C Reilly and Will Ferrell, become stepbrothers in their 40's after their parents, played by Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins, get married…

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A Step Back in Time: Brown Berets

Brown Berets Invade Avalon On August 30, 1972, the Los Angeles Times headline read “Brown Berets Invade Santa Catalina Island.” The Brown Berets were a pro-Chicano group formed in the late 1960’s to address the issues of farm workers’ rights, educational reform, anti-war activities, police brutality…

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