Learn The Story of Venice’s Founder, Abbot Kinney and the early history of the V! VisitVeniceCa July 1, 2015 Art and Culture, Ask A Local, Family, Local Deals, Maps & Itineraries, Relaxation, The perfect date, Tours, Venice Information Want to know about Abbot Kinney and Venice history? Check out Detour’s audio tour “Venice: Abbot Kinney’s Impossible Dream.” Discover how Venice was created — and almost destroyed — and meet the spirit of town-founder Abbot Kinney. View details below! Mural above by Edward Biberman. About Detour: Beautifully produced GPS audio walks that take you beneath the surface of cities around the world. Detours are narrated by locals who know the city best, and are infused with cinematic scoring and storytelling by some of the best writers and sound designers in the world. Taking a Detour is like walking around inside a movie. Available on iOS and Android. Detour has audio tours for the following cities. Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, London, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, and Marrakech. For more info, visit Detour.com . About Detour Los Angeles: Detour Los Angeles guides you through the places and stories that make Los Angeles one of the most entertaining, fabled, and diverse cities in the world. Fascinating insiders will take you into the heart of LA and show you what makes it tick. You’ll peek behind the city’s sparkling facade and discover its real glamour, hidden quirks, and quiet wonders. Here are the tours for Los Angeles. Venice: Abbot Kinney’s Impossible Dream – Tour guided by Venice Paparazzi’s Edizen Stowell Venice: Life On The Edge – Tour guided by Venice skate legend Eric Tuma Downtown: Gateway to the City of Angels Santa Monica: Designing a Pedestrian Utopia –– About Detour’s Venice -Abbot Kinney’s Impossible Dream: . Discover how Venice was created — and almost destroyed — and meet the spirit of town-founder Abbot Kinney. When Abbot Kinney bought land on the Southern California coast over 100 years ago, it was nothing but a swampy marsh. But Kinney was a world traveler and had a wild vision — to transform this acreage into his very own “Venice of America.” On this Detour, longtime Venice photographer Edizen Stowell takes you back to 1904 to introduce you to Abbot Kinney himself — played by renowned character actor and resident Venetian, Orson Bean. Together, you’ll walk beneath the beautiful colonnades and Italian decor that still remains, and learn about Abbot Kinney’s network of tunnels below. You’ll see how what is today a car-packed traffic circle was once Kinney’s Grand Lagoon. Along the way, Edizen conjures Kinney’s imported singing gondoliers, the town’s popular miniature steam train, and the wildest roller coaster on the West Coast. And before the tours ends, you’ll discover the fate of Abbot Kinney’s vision for a city of canals as we walk through a waterfront American neighborhood unlike any other. With Kinney’s words, we will trace Venice’s wild origins, from its beginning as a devoted copy of the Italian original, to its modern incarnation where you’ll see that more than just a glimmer of Kinney’s dream lives on. Listen to a preview of the tour! . Toast to Abbot Kinney! . Click here for best bars/restaurants in Venice, California. And, why not take a selfie with Abbot Kinney himself and #VeniceBeachFun. The Abbot Kinney mural by Rip Cronk is located on North Venice Blvd. next door to James beach and the Canal Club, 60 North Venice Blvd. Venice, California. 90291. Each Detour tour is only $4.99. Sync your tour with friends to hear everything at the same time. Only one person needs to pay. Try Detour for free. Download the Detour app and take the first 10 minutes of any tour for free. Available on iOS and Android. DOWNLOAD DETOUR APP NOW! To Detours’ Dan Arden (Executive producer) and Dana Millikin (Producer). Thank you for this amazing opportunity, and inviting me to be part of this special project. Edizen Stowell, CO-founder of VenicePaparazzi.com . For more Venice History: . Check out Abbot Kinney’s page on Wikipedia. Check out Venice of America page on Wikipedia Visit Don Westland’s website www.westland.net/venicehistory for more on Venice History. His interactive educational site covers the history of Venice Beach, California. It features timelines, historic articles and photographs, interactive maps that when clicked on show historic views, and a list of movies filmed on Venice’s streets, amusement piers and canals. Pick up a copy of Jeffrey Stanton’s book “Venice, California – Coney Island of the Pacific.” The book contains over 300 photographs, mostly B/W, but a few in color appeared as postcards or are more recently taken photos by the author. Many are full page-sized archival quality photographs of great historical interest. You can order a copy online here! – Photo credits: Photo one: Abbot Kinney and the Story of Venice mural by Edward Biberman Photo 3 & 4 photos found on Westland.net Photo 5 by Venice Paparazzi’s Edizen . DOWNLOAD DETOUR APP NOW!