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Santa Monica Airport (originally called Clover Field) dates back to 1919, however, some think it was used as a landing strip as early as 1917. Our friends at CloverField.org put together some interesting historical documents about the beginning of the Santa Monica Airport.
There once were over 66 airports in Los Angeles and Orange county alone. Learn more about all the landing strips from Paul Freeman on his site Abandoned & Little Known Airfields.
Here is a historical overview document that dates back as far as 1922 for Santa Monica Airport (Clover Field)