Chapter 2 Venice of America

Developer Abbot Kinney envisioned Venice of America as an ideal city that would "be partly for study, partly for recreation, and partly for health." The resort town cleverly satisfied mind, body and spirit, recreating its Italian forebear, complete with canals, gondolas, amusement parks, and high-minded Chautauquas.

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Venice of America - Jeffrey Stanton
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Amusement Parks - Slideshow
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Dr. Arnold Springer - Venice Historian
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A Visual History of the Canals - Slideshow
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Orson Bean and Alley Mills - Actors and Residents
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Mary Jane - Resident
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Venice Oil Wells - Slideshow

Venice of America Mural
When developer Abbot Kinney set his eyes on the marshlands of Venice at the turn of the 20th century, he -- with the luck of a coin toss -- won the property and envisioned an ideal city that, in his words, would “be partly for study, partly for recreation, and partly for health. Thirty years after his acquisition of the land, Venice of America was created. The resort town cleverly satisfied mind, body and spirit, recreating its Italian forebear complete with canals, gondolas, amusement parks, and high-minded Chautauquas.