It's almost the end of the Port of Long Beach's Centennial celebration, and we invite you to take a look back at both our century of history and the many ways we celebrated this historic milestone.
In January, we launched our Centennial website, which features an interactive timeline of the Port's evolution from its first load of lumber in June 1911 to its position today as the second-busiest container seaport in North America. Also on the site are many historic photos as well as photos of our celebrations throughout 2011, along with our "Centennial Moments" videos featuring Port employees sharing our history. There are still a few more "Centennial Moments" to come, so be sure to take a look.
We also launched our Centennial blog, featuring interesting little-known facts about the Port's history, like Elvis' appearance here and the time a plane landed on Pier J, and also gave members of the public a chance to share their memories and photos, like the wedding in front of the Port administration building.
The highlight of our Centennial events was our Birthday Party, held June 25 on Pier E. About 5,000 Long Beach area residents, joined by elected officials and the Long Beach Municipal Band, flocked to the Port for a festive afternoon and evening of waterfront revelry and remembrance. People shared their Port memories with artists and videographers, took rides on an impromptu seaside carnival, watched the Port's Centennial documentary narrated by star of movies and television Robert Wagner and capped the 100th Birthday Party enjoying a concert by the Long Beach Municipal Band. You can see photos of the party here.
Other Centennial events included an exhibit of Port-related artwork at the Long Beach Museum of Art, a series of Movies on the Beach featuring screenings of our "Faces of the Port" documentary, the annual Sand Sculpture Contest, performances by the Long Beach Municipal Band and the publication of our beautiful coffee-table book "Port of Long Beach: Celebrating a Centennial," still available for purchase here.
Wrapping up our 100-year celebration was "Let's Talk Port," a series of community forums held around the city that looked back at our history and also looked ahead to projects like Middle Harbor and the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement, giving members of the public the chance to meet with Port staff and ask questions.
It's been a busy and exciting Centennial year here at the Port and we hope you helped us celebrate as we begin the second century of Port of Long Beach history!