Collins Island, Newport Beach

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Collins Island
Collins Island

Collins Island is a part of Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California.

In 1902, James McFadden sold his Newport townsite and about half of the peninsula to William S. Collins, who saw Newport Bay's resort and recreation potential. Collins took on Henry E. Huntington as a partner in the Newport Beach Company. Huntington had acquired the Pacific Electric railway system and used it to promote new communities outside Los Angeles.

James Cagney bought Collins island or possibly won it in a poker game.[1] The United States Coast Guard used Collins Island during World War II, and Cagney sold the island in 1948.[2]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2010-07-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Coordinates: 33°36′31″N 117°54′1″W / 33.60861°N 117.90028°W / 33.60861; -117.90028