In December, Manhattan Beach celebrated its centennial. Known for its lively seaside promenade, the Strand, and for its associations with surf culture, the city has its origins as a coastal resort built atop shifting sand dunes of the South Bay.
Though 2012 marks 100 years since Manhattan Beach’s municipal incorporation, the city’s history stretches back thousands of years. For millennia, foragers from the nearby Tongva village of Chowig-na passed through present-day Manhattan Beach, searching for shellfish and other food supplies. More: http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/history/la-as-subject/manhattan-beach-the-city-built-on-sand-dunes-celebrates-its-centennial.html