Free Harbor Fight refers to the legal battle in the late nineteenth century on the West Coast of the United States, around the case Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce vs. Huntington and the Southern Pacific.
Huntington built a long wharf in Santa Monica to compete with the existing facilities at San Pedro. He then from 1890 attempted to obtain federal funds to improve the Santa Monica port, and impose a monopoly, at the expense of the San Pedro port. Los Angeles took Huntington to court over the issue. The Chamber won and made Los Angeles a "free" harbor, independent of the influence of the Southern Pacific Railroad. A 16-mile strip of land, from Downtown Los Angeles to San Pedro and Wilmington, would soon be part of the City of Los Angeles.
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