Sunset at RAT (Right After Torrance) beach at the edge of Palos Verdes Estates, looking toward Torrance.This 1923 photo of the Palos Verdes Headlands points in the same direction. Note the "Hermits Castle" and another building perched at the base of the cliffs. (Courtesy of Palos Verdes Library Archives).
"The Peninsula actually belongs to the Channel Islands which were formed over 10 million years ago under the shallow seas of the California coast. An uplift caused the submerged area to become an island, terraced fromt he ocean waves. For millions of years it was a sister island to Santa Catalina, slowly rising from the sea. As the land continued to rise, it formed a peninsula, connecting the South Bay area to Los Angeles. Is also created a lake in the valley behind the headlands." - from the magazine "Palos Verdes Historic Publication", Daniel L. Teckenoff - Publisher, Carman Marinella - Historical Consultant, 1993.