It may be largely artificial but the neighborhood of Terminal Island is still an island. Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of the community is that Terminal Island is more like a floating city being that it’s connected to the sprawling City of Los Angeles. Originally known as, Isla Raza de Buena Gente, which translates from Spanish to mean, “Island Race of Good People”, Terminal Island was also formerly known as Rattlesnake Island; though history neglected to tell us why. Before World War II, Terminal Island was home to nearly 4,000 first and second generation Japanese Americans who lived in an area known as “Fish Island”. However following the signing of Executive Order 9066 in 1942, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, all of the adult Issei males were incarcerated by the FBI and subsequently sent to internment camps. The Japanese community on Terminal Island was the first to be interned and the community was razed. At that time, Terminal Island became an important center for defense industries, especially those involved in shipbuilding.
With a history saturated in military conflict and affairs, Terminal Island is near some of the most historic military sites and monuments in the country. Its close proximity to the city also makes Terminal Island a great place to experience some of the most fun things to do in Los Angeles. If you find yourself in the area be sure to check out some of the best things to do in Terminal Island like visiting the USS Iowa Museum, Los Angeles Maritime Museum, Vincent Thomas Bridge, Port of Long Beach, SS Lane Victory, Muller House Museum, Gerald Desmond Bridge, or the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum.
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