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Santa Monica

[san-tuh mon-i-kuh] /ˈsæn tə ˈmɒn ɪ kə/
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1.
a city in SW California, near Los Angeles, on Santa Monica Bay: resort.
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city, Los Angeles county, southern California, U.S. Lying on Santa Monica Bay, it is surrounded by the city of Los Angeles. Santa Monica was laid out in 1875 by Senator John P. Jones and named for Las Lagrimas de Santa Monica (Spanish: "The Tears of St. Monica"), a local spring. The city was promoted as an ocean-side resort and port-terminus of the Los Angeles-to-Independence Railroad. An aircraft company established in Santa Monica in 1920 by Donald Douglas was the forerunner of the city's modern aerospace and communications industries. Although Santa Monica was eclipsed as a port by San Pedro, the city prospered as a residential and vacation centre; it is particularly noted for its pier (1909), which includes restaurants, shops, an aquarium, and a classic carousel. Also popular are the city's fine beaches, art galleries, and theatres. The state's history is preserved at the California Heritage Museum, and the Museum of Flying displays vintage aircraft. Santa Monica (community) College was established in 1929. Malibu Creek State Park is popular for hiking and fishing and has been used as a backdrop for many films and television shows. Will Rogers State Beach and Will Rogers State Historic Park are both nearby. Inc. 1886. Pop. (1990) 86,905; (2000) 84,084.

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