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The bell, lost but found in a junkyard in San Diego (myth?)
04-APR-2009 Andrys Basten

The bell, "lost but found in a junkyard" in San Diego (myth?)

Angel Island, California

This "is the original fog-warning bell that sat at the end of the landing pier.
Years ago, it disappeared from Angel Island and was found in a San Diego junkyard.
The two-ton bell was restored and returned to the island, first as a marker
at Ayala Cove and later to its present site in China Cove."

- From

(But see the more-likely actual story, as told in the Comments area.)

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Andrys Basten20-Mar-2011 12:32
Wmped, thanks for that info.
Sorry that messages don't show up right away, but spam messages are more frequent
than normal ones so they're not displayed until we have a chance to see them. Thanks again.
Wmped 19-Mar-2011 17:07
Actually the bell never left the island!

Many years after the station closed the bell was moved to Ayala Cove and was placed on display for picnickers. After the Immigration Station was reopened for visitors in the 1980s, the bell was brought back to its original home.
Guest 19-Mar-2011 17:06
Actually that story is unfortunately, only a urban legend which the state park rangers have tried to crush over the years. In fact the bell never left the island!

In the 1950s the bell was moved to Ayala Cove and was on display for the picnickers which frolicked on the lawn in front of the visitor center. Then in the 1980s, after the US Immigration Station was restored, the bell was moved back to it's original site.

To bad that the San Diego story isn't true would have indeed be fascinating.
talkingchimp05-Aug-2009 20:49
They should research how the bell got to San Diego. That would make an interesting story.
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