Photographer's Note

This is the San Pedro Bridge in Los Angeles County as it crosses the channel of water towards Long Beach, California. San Pedro is one of the largest and busiest deep-water ports in the nation. Along with Wilmington and Terminal Island, it forms Port of Los Angeles, serving not only the economies of the world with its import/export facilities, but also the tourism industry with around one million people leaving harbor each year on cruise ships. It is also home to some of the largest fishing fleets anywhere.

Located at the eastern end of the rocky Palos Verde peninsula, San Pedro was named by Spanish navigator Sebastian Vizcaino in 1602. In 1771, monks who began moving to a newly established San Gabriel Arcangel mission 40 miles inland were prohibited from conducting business with other countries and were restricted to two ships a year carrying goods from Spain’s House of Trades. Despite restrictions, San Pedro prospered. 100 years later when railroads connected the west to the rest of the U.S. in the mid 1800's, the shipping industry skyrocketed. Never slowing down, it continues to thrive and grow.

Along the shore are palm trees swaying in the breeze but gazing out to the port you see Vincent Thomas bridge and cargo cranes dotting the skyline. With Pacific Rim importers such as Japan and China moving cars and other goods to a hungry, consumer oriented nation, San Pedro's Port of Los Angeles is extremely important to world economies.

Photo was taken as we leave the port for the west coast of Mexico. Information on City of San Pedro was taken from

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