What do SpongeBob, Bette Davis and ‘Hay for horses’ have in common – Woods Cove
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Everyone Loves Laguna’s Woods Cove
Some Woods Cove tidbits:
- In the late 1800’s Laguna and Arch Beach (Woods Cove) were actually two towns each with their own post offices. They were separated by the deep Bluebird and Sleepy Hallow Canyons requiring a long trip through Aliso Canyon, El Toro and Laguna Canyon to visit each other.
- The early Arch Beach (WC) area was used for farming barley hay. There used to be a pier (see pic) that was used to export the hay via a boat to Mexico where the hay was used to feed the stage coach horses. The railroad put an end to that.
- The block buster cartoon Sponge Bob Square Pants got its inspiration when it’s creator Stephen Hillenburg started snorkeling for the first time in Woods Cove. He later got his degree in marine resource planning and then onto art school and then a docent in Dana Point. Next came Sponge Bob.
- The famous actress Bette Davis lived on the Woods Cove bluff and was very active in the Festival of the Arts. Many early movies were made in the area’s coves.