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Cabrillo National Monument
- Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo led the first European expedition to explore what is now the west coast of the United States. Cabrillo himself later died during the expedition, but his crew pushed on, possibly as far north as Oregon, before thrashing winter storms forced them to back to Mexico.
Campo Community History
- From Diegueno Indians to the Gaskill Store's famous gunfight, to the 11th Cavalry at Camp Lockett.
Carlsbad: Rancho Agua Hedionda
- Don Juan María Marrón ruled Rancho Agua Hedionda in the 1840s. His 13,311 acres extended from the Pacific Ocean inland almost to Vista and from Carlsbad south of Encina Canyon.
Coronado Historical Association
- The Coronado Historical Association has a museum, research library and archives. Site has some Coronado history, including the Tent City and the Hotel del Coronado.
El Cajon Historical Society
- History of El Cajon and information about the Historical Society and Museum.
Gaslamp Black Historical Society
- Preserving San Diego's historic Harlem of the West.
Imperial Beach History
- The modern history of Imperial Beach started about June 1887 when R.R. Morrison a real estate developer, filed a subdivision map with the San Diego County Clerk.
- Timeline and articles on Kumeyaay history, society and culture in the San Diego region.
Marine Corps Recruit Depot
- From Dutch Flats on Coronado's North Island, the story of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at San Diego, 1911-1974. Camp Thomas, Camp Howard, Colonel Joseph H. Pendleton, Congressman William Kettner.
Ocean Beach History
- Billy Carlson and Frank Higgins laid out streets in 1887 and sold lots at a big mussel roast on the beach. They named the new town "Ocean Beach." Carlson went on to become mayor of San Diego and later went to prison on charges of land fraud.
Poway: A Historical Sketch
- Diegueno and Luiseno Indians roamed the area for several hundred years before the Spaniards came. Philip Crosthwaite is believed to have been the first white person to settle in the Poway area. He built an adobe house and took up ranching in 1859. The Poway valley proved ideal for cattle.
Rancho Santa Fe History
- Originally an Indian rancheria, architect Lilian Rice's legacy lives on in the spanish village of Rancho Santa Fe.
- By the mid-1920s San Diego and Southern California were experiencing another era of rapid growth. In 1925 it was announced that University Avenue would be graded and paved from Euclid Avenue to La Mesa.
San Diego Historical Society
- History of the area with a timeline, photos, biographies, postcards, and on-line articles from the Journal of San Diego History. Over 2000 images, including sports, streetcars, amusement parks, breweries and Balboa Park.
San Diego Mexican and Chicano History
- Academic credentials provide authoritative history from the first native people to the Kumeyaay, the Spanish Missions, the Mexican War, Repatriation and the Lemon Grove Incident.
San Diego Police Dept History
- The SDPD was formed on May 9, 1889 under a freeholders charter. (The first day of the SDPD was June 30, 1889) Prior to the department's formation, law enforcement duties were handled by a City Marshalls Office.
San Diego's Lifeguard Services
- Ocean lifeguard services in San Diego began in 1917, prompted by the drowning of 13 people on a single day at Ocean Beach. Lifeguards were assigned to guard the area around popular Wonderland Park.
San Pasqual Battlefield
- In December, 1846, nineteen U.S. soldiers and an unknown number of Californios lost their lives in the Battle of San Pasqual, in what is now San Diego County, California. The exact location of the battlefield, however, remains a mystery.
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