Newport Beach

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city, Orange county, southern California, U.S. It lies along Newport Bay (Pacific inlet), south of Long Beach. Captain Samuel S. Dunnells sailed into the bay in 1870 looking for "new port" facilities; he developed Newport Landing, which in 1873 became a lumber terminal. Known as McFaddens Landing and Port Orange, it was laid out in 1892 as Newport. It developed around yachting, sport and commercial fishing, and beach activities and as a residential community for commuters to Los Angeles and Long Beach. Light industry, mainly aerospace electronics, also has developed. Encompassing Lido Isle, Balboa Island and Peninsula, and Corona Del Mar, the city has extensive marina facilities and is a leading yacht rendezvous. The Balboa Pavilion (1905), with ferry connections to Santa Catalina Island, is a popular attraction. Newport Beach is home to the Newport Harbor Art Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art. The University of California, Irvine, is immediately northeast. Inc. 1906. Pop. (1990) 66,643; (2000) 70,032.

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