Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Coast Guard Catalina Training Base
LOCATION: The Catalina Training Base is located at Two Harbors on Catalina Island, Los Angeles County, California. Two Harbors is located approximately 23 miles northwest of the City of Avalon by unimproved road. The access to the unimproved road is controlled by the Catalina Island Conservancy. The Two Harbors area is also accessible via the pier located at Isthmus Cove. The distance from Avalon via water is approximately 14 miles. The Two Harbors area is also known as the Isthmus of Catalina.

SITE HISTORY: The first military presence at Two Harbors wasduring the Civil War. At least a company of California Volunteers (Federal troops raised by the Adjutant General of California) were stationed there to protect against Confederate raiders. During that time a barracks was built to house some of the Union soldiers. The barracks building is known today as the Isthmus Yacht Club. The last of the Union soldiers left on September 14, 1864.

Since that time, the history of the Two Harbors area has been difficult to determine from available sources. In the early 1920s and 30s, the area was a popular boating destination, and
many movies were filmed there as well. During World War II, much of Catalina Island was used for military training. Construction drawings and lease documents indicate that during the war the Two Harbors area was known as the U. S. Coast Guard Catalina Training Base which included 1,593.7 acres (R16W, T8S, Sections 30, 31, and 36, and R16W, T9S, Sections 1 and 2). These drawings indicate the Base as a U.S. Coast Guard Base under the jurisdiction of the 11th Naval District, Long Beach, California.

These construction drawings indicate; modification to the Civil War barracks (the Old Barracks), a new mess hall, dormitory, infirmary, showers, and approximately 75 temporary housing units. The construction drawings also indicate underground storage tanks for boilers, associated with the Old Barracks, the mess hall, and the infirmary. These UST locations were visually confirmed, during the site visit, by viewing the fill pipes, or by contact with the tank during previous water line installations. Oneadditional site has a suspected UST. This site was dentified by Michael Whitby, Santa Catalina Island Company, from his interviews with local residents.

After World War II, approximately early 1946, the area was under the control of the Santa Catalina Island Company.
Civil War Barracks
Coast Guard Catalina Training Base Images from the National Archives
Catalina Yacht Club while it ws part of Catalina Training Base
Coast Guard Catalina Training Base. The large building in the center is the former Catalina Yacht Club.
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