Crane Island is small, just under a square kilometer in size, about 236 acres. There are perhaps five full-time residents as of 2010.
Until 1960 the Island was privately owned. Beginning in 1879, various businesses and activities took place there including fruit and vegetable farming, operation of a lime quarry, a pheasant farm, sheep ranching, and logging. Subdivision began in 1960, with most of the homes located along the Island's shoreline and the interior areas owned mostly by a nature preserve.
While there are no public services provided, the Island does have community docks and an airstrip, also privately owned and used only by residents.
It's interesting to ponder the Island's name, since there are no cranes living there. Current thinking supports the idea that the herons living there were thought to be cranes and consequently the name followed.
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