Category Archives: Historical

USS Recruit

San Diego and the United States Navy have been intertwined since the beginning of the 20th century, and one place where you can get a unique sense of that relationship is at the USS Recruit in Liberty Station. In an effort to bring the Navy to San Diego, Rep. William Kettner, pushed for the creation of a naval training center along

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Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano, with its delightful gardens, well-preserved buildings, and ruins of the Great Stone Church, certainly lives up to its nickname as the “jewel” of California’s 21 Spanish missions. Several things struck me as I entered the grounds of the mission. First, the size of the compound was much larger than I expected; second, the buildings were not

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Presidio & Junípero Serra Museum

Perched on a hill overlooking Mission Valley is the site of San Diego’s first settlement—the Presidio—and the mission-like museum to Father Junípero Serra. When Spain finally decided to settle San Diego more than 200 years after Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first landed in the harbor in 1542, they placed their settlement atop this hill just northeast of present-day Old Town in

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South Park

No, not the television show—the San Diego neighborhood on the southeastern edge of Balboa Park. South Park isn’t perhaps as well-known as its bigger brother, North Park, or its cousin, Hillcrest, but don’t let that stop you from visiting this charming, eclectic neighborhood with a true community feel to it. The heart of South Park is along 30th and Fern Streets,

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Santa Fe Depot

With the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, San Diego believed that it could become a great shipping port on the west coast—the first in the United States that ships would have an opportunity to visit as they sailed north. To sell the idea to the world, San Diego hosted the Panama-California Exposition in 1915, drawing thousands of people

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Cabrillo National Monument

More often than not, Cabrillo National Monument is the first place that I take my out-of-town visitors. The expansive views of both the Pacific Ocean and the city are a great way to orient someone to the city. Cabrillo National Monument is part of the National Park Service and is San Diego County’s only national park. The history presented spans nearly 500

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