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Playa Del Rey, California Revealed; T.O. McCoye's Playa Del Rey

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As a part-time historian on the subject of Playa Del Rey and Westchester, CA, I have written several titles and continue to work on a few more.

It is one thing to research a subject and compile a historical documentary, but it is entirely another thing when the subject covers decades of the lives of a pioneer family, and you are related to that family.

This is exactly what A. B. “Brad” Fowler did, when he compiled generations of one of a kind photo’s in his book; T.O. McCoye's Playa Del Rey: The Homes, the Views, the People, Circa 1920s & 30s, which is available at He is the grandson of McCoye.

Legend says that T.O. McCoye sold the first lot in the new development of Playa Del Rey, and went on to operate his real estate business, located on Culver Boulevard for close to 50 years. In the meantime, he also opened the first grocery store there, and still found time to serve as the Chief of the Volunteer Fire Department.

McCoye came to Playa Del Rey in the early 1920’s, and worked for the developers Dickinson and Gillespie; headed by Fritz Burns, before moving on and establishing his own firm.

In the meantime, he skillfully chronicled the growth of the area; in pictures, and Fowler’s book presents these amazing, truly rare, glimpses of the 1920 and 1930 early beach development.

If you are from the area, this is a must read.

T.O. McCoye's Playa Del Rey: The Homes, the Views, the People, Circa 1920s & 30s, is available for $17.99, and can be accessed by clicking this link: