Paradise Cove, the trailer park in Malibu, California with a connection to Cambridge.
Paradise Cove, a trailer park in Malibu, California, is not only connected to the likes of Pamela Anderson, Minnie Driver, and Mathew McConaughey and boasts amenities like Sub-Zero appliances and Italian granite counter tops, but also is intimately connected to the Cambridge Public Library through our benefactor and famous Cantabrigian Frederick Hastings Rindge.
Between 1888 and 1890, Rindge funded the construction of the public library, a new city hall, and the school that ultimately became the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.
Prior to his donation, Rindge moved from Cambridge to California for health reasons. While there, he purchased the 13,000 acre parcel of land which now makes up Malibu. His dream was to turn the area into a California Cote d’Azur but unexpectedly died in 1905 before anything was built. His widow, Rhoda May Rindge, spent the next twenty years in the courts to prevent a public highway connecting Santa Barbara and San Diego from being built.
In 1925, Rhoda May finally lost her battle when the Supreme Court ruled against her appeal. As the Pacific Coast Highway was being constructed, she began to sell off large parcels of the Rindge land. Immediately, Hollywood and its stars took notice. The Malibu Movie Colony was built and Swedish silent-film star Anna Q. Nilsson was one of the first to build a cottage at the Colony, followed by Bing Crosby, Jack Warner, and Gloria Swanson.
Vanity Fair’s March 2011 issue (p. 35) reports on Paradise Cove, its multi-million dollar double wides, and its connection to the Rindge family. To read it, click here: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/features/2011/03/paradise-cove-201103.
**Special thanks to Tim Conner, Reference Librarian at the CPL for this post.