Incorporated in 1989, the City of Dana Point is named after Richard Henry Dana Jr. (1815-1882), a Harvard-trained lawyer, seaman, and author of the classic sea journal, Two Years Before the Mast (1840). In his journal, Dana documents his voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California on the merchant ship, Pilgrim. Therein, Dana describes the area once known as Capistrano Bay, as "the most romantic spot in California." Today, Capistrano Bay is known as Dana Point.
On January 1, 2009, the City of Dana Point celebrated its 20th anniversary. In commemoration of the date, the Dana Point Historical Society hosted a reenactment of the cityhood establishment ceremony. The event was well attended by residents, visitors and politicians. To view the related photos use the following link. Other highlights included a presentation by the Historical Society showcasing a chronology of the City's history, viewable at the followinglink. If you would like to purchase a copy, please visit the Dana Point Historical Society'swebsite or call (949) 248-8121.
According to the California Department of Finance, Dana Point is home to 34,037 residents, and is characterized by nearly seven miles of prominent coastal bluffs and rolling hills along the Pacific Ocean. The most noteworthy of these bluffs is a unique promontory known as the Headlands, which overlooks Dana Point Harbor, one of the most significant landmarks of the Orange County coastline.
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