Abalone Avenue

The former Artisano Street was renamed Abalone Avenue in 1933 after three property owners requested the change. Chief among them: the Salm Manufacturing Company, which made souvenir items such as knives, buttons, and picture frames out of – you guessed it – abalone shell. The firm was operated by John Salm (1876-1960), a Dutch American who set up shop here in 1913 and ran it until at least 1950. He, his wife Iva, and their daughters Margaret and Eleanor lived on a 20 acre ranch on W. 182nd Street in northeast Torrance.