Bolsa Chica  Circa 3209 BCE  

As early as 6,000 B.C., it is believed that Hokan speaking aboriginal tribes occupied the coastal region around Huntington Beach. Artifacts from this group are scant. The sculpture above depicts what local inhabitants likely collected and ate.  

There is more information available about the Shoshonean Indians who lived along the coast 1,500 years ago. Semi-permanent villages were built near the beach and were used primarily during the summer months. The tribes then  migrated to foothills of local mountains as temperatures dropped and colder days set in. Probably related to Hopis, Comanches and Utes, they moved around as hunters and gatherers.  

One of their villages called Lukupa may have been on the land later inhabited by the Newland family. You can see the Newland's historic house still standing near the corner of Beach Boulevard and Adams Street.  

The Shoshoneans had no written language but passed information through song, ceremony, dance, story-telling, petroglyphs and pictographs.  

Information from: Huntington Beach , The Gem of the South Coast, by: Diann Marsh  
Heritage Media Corp., 1999, ISBN1-886-483-20-5  

Peninsula Market  is a new addition to the Huntington Seacliff scene.  Situated on the southwest corner of Garfield and Golden West Streets, many cannot help but ponder the eye catching sculptures popping up from this wall seen above.  What are the intriguing designs'  


Web site & all photos Copyright ©  All right reserved / Debbie Stock