b'#ntro\x1a\x04nA TOURIST \x1dataln PHOTOS COURTESY OF CATALINA MUSEUM FOR ART & HISTORY \x1cdPLAYGROUND ISThe first pier and first hotelthe Metropoleare built by George1919Shatto, the Michigan businessmanChewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. who owns the Island. By 1891, therepurchases controlling interest and immediately are private homes, a dance pavilion,begins improving the Islands infrastructure, adding golf course and roads into the 1887 Islands interior for stagecoaches. new steamships and attractions.1915 1921Al Bombard A devastating fire destroys halfB efore there were onefounds the1921of Avalon, forcing the Islandshour Catalina ExpressMiss Catalina entrepreneurs, the Banningcrossings to connectSpeedboatWilliam Wrigley Jr. brothers, to sell the SantaIslanders with the mainland,Company, whichbecomes the owner Catalina Island Company. there were canoes, steamshipsbecomes popularof the Chicago and a seaplane. Before therewith the crowdsCubs and moves were cell phones, there werewho travel to thethe teams spring carrier pigeons.Island by steamer.training site to 1929 Heres a quick look at theCatalina, where it The iconic Casino building, 12 storiesIslands development as aremains for 30 years.tall and containing the worlds largesttourist playground.circular ballroom, opens, drawing new visitors and Hollywood stars.1 14 North American bison are brought 9 to Catalina Island to be used in a Zane Grey film, a precursor of a herd of 2 approximately 100200 that continue to 4 roam the Islands interior today.After his fathers passing, Philip K. Wrigley takes over the Santa Catalina Island Company and ushers in a new era of development that modernizes Avalon. 19321934 1935CBS broadcasts Big Band music fromFilming of Mutiny on the Bounty, starring Clark Gable and the Casino Ballroom nightly, drawingCharles Laughton, takes place. It is among more than 500 listeners from across the nation. productions that have been filmed here in the past 90 years.To preserve the Islands interior, Philip K. Wrigley20211 establishes the Catalina 1942 Island Conservancy. It 9 protects 88% of the Island The United States is at war and Catalina Island is7 and is one of the oldest officially closed to visitors. The U.S. Maritime Serviceprivate land trusts inCatalina Express is takes over Avalon to use as a training station. 2 Southern California. proud to celebrate40 years of serviceto Catalina Island.14 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE'