9 episodes

In this new local history podcast, Long Beach Public Library explores the fascinating--and sometimes unbelievable--stories that have helped make Long Beach the great and unique city it is. Buckle up! This is not your grandmother's local history podcast!

Don't Know Beach About History: Short Histories of Long Beach Long Beach Public Library

    • History
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

In this new local history podcast, Long Beach Public Library explores the fascinating--and sometimes unbelievable--stories that have helped make Long Beach the great and unique city it is. Buckle up! This is not your grandmother's local history podcast!

    Tiger Girl Murder! Part Two

    Tiger Girl Murder! Part Two

    On July 12, 1922, two young women spent the day in a Long Beach speakeasy, drinking and commiserating about their unfaithful husbands.  That evening, on a remote road in Los Angeles, one of those women would beat a romantic rival to death with a hammer.  The brutal  murder case became one of Southern California's very first trials of the century, with the accused becoming the object of almost cult-like fascination in the public.  

    • 30 min
    Tiger Girl Murder! Part One

    Tiger Girl Murder! Part One

     
    On July 12, 1922, two young women spent the day in a Long Beach speakeasy, drinking and commiserating about their unfaithful husbands.  That evening, on a remote road in Los Angeles, one of those women would beat a romantic rival to death with a hammer.  The brutal  murder case became one of Southern California's very first trials of the century, with the accused becoming the object of almost cult-like fascination in the public.  

    • 27 min
    The Pike Mummy!: The Unbelievable Tale of the Dead Body in the Fun House

    The Pike Mummy!: The Unbelievable Tale of the Dead Body in the Fun House

    In 1976, a film crew for The Six Million Dollar Man was prepping for a shoot in the Laff-in-the-Dark fun house at the Pike in Long Beach when they discovered that a wax dummy hanging from a noose was actually the real human body of an embalmed gunslinger shot by a posse in 1911.  Wha?  Join us as we explore this amazing, truly strange story and how carnival lore and forensic science helped solve the case of mummy in the fun house.

    • 21 min
    The Wrigley Ocean Marathon!: 1927's Brutal Swimming Race From Catalina to the California Mainland

    The Wrigley Ocean Marathon!: 1927's Brutal Swimming Race From Catalina to the California Mainland

    1927’s Wrigley Ocean Marathon was an epic and brutal swimming race from the island of Catalina to the mainland of California, a feat never before recorded.  Many of the world’s most famous swimmers came to Long Beach to train and compete for the race’s $25,000 prize.  In this episode, we’ll look at how two virtually unknown swimmers—George Young of Canada and Myrtle Huddleston of Long Beach—battled severe exhaustion, fierce currents, frigid water, disorienting fog, and a barracuda attack to accomplish something a Los Angeles Times headline called the “Greatest Achievement in [the] History of Aquatics.”

    • 21 min
    Babe Ruth Gets Arrested in Long Beach!, Part Two

    Babe Ruth Gets Arrested in Long Beach!, Part Two

    In 1927, legendary baseballer Babe Ruth was arrested before his scheduled appearance at the State Theater, a vaudeville house in Long Beach, California.
    In this two-part episode, we take a deep dive into the Sultan of Swat's epic visit to Long Beach--complete with Prohibition-era boozing, duck hunting, and an unhinged plane flight to make it to the show on time--and detail the events that led to the Babe's arrest for violating child labor laws.

    • 15 min
    Babe Ruth Gets Arrested in Long Beach!, Part One

    Babe Ruth Gets Arrested in Long Beach!, Part One

    In 1927, legendary baseballer Babe Ruth was arrested before his scheduled appearance at the State Theater, a vaudeville house in Long Beach, California.
    In this two-part episode, we take a deep dive into the Sultan of Swat's epic visit to Long Beach--complete with Prohibition-era boozing, duck hunting, and an unhinged plane flight to make it to the show on time--and detail the events that led to the Babe's arrest for violating child labor laws.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

druonysus ,

More

So great! We need so much more of this show.

tdw2016 ,

Go Beach!

Exactly what I needed to find!! So happy to have this light hearted look at LB history…keep up the great work.

Claely_Ro ,

Great host, cheesy history

The librarian/host is hilarious. I really like the silly voices he makes for different characters. I like that so far the history stories have been fun and light—which is perfect.

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