This collection documents the early efforts to incorporate the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, and the early years of the City
from its incorporation in 1973 to 1979. Also included are materials covering the proposal for a Peninsula Park and Recreation
District prior to incorporation, developers and development of residential areas on the Peninsula, the landfill, Marineland,
and the Peninsula's Bicentennial Celebration activities in 1976.
Estelle "Dodi" Burkhart was a nineteen year resident of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, moving to the area in 1961. Ms. Burkhart
was instrumental in the efforts to incorporate the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, first as an organizing member of the Palos
Verdes Peninsula Advisory Council, and then with the Save Our Coastline and Fourth City Campaign Committee movements which
ultimately lead to city incorporation in 1973. She was an unofficial historian and collected newspaper articles, photographs,
brochures documenting the early years of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. She was a founding
member of the Rancho De Los Palos Verdes Historical Society and served on the Bicentennial Committee for the City of Rancho
Palos Verdes, collecting oral histories and materials related to the City.
3 Cubic Feet
6 oversize storage boxes