2013 OSAP Annual Symposium
Dine- Around and San Diego Tour
Saturday, June 15 from 5:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Discovered in 1542, by explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, San Diego has long been inhabited by the Kumeyaay Native American people. San Diego became part of the US in 1848 and is sometimes referred to as the birthplace of California. The City remained a small town for decades, but grew with the establishment of military presence in 1880 and grew particularly rapidly surrounding World War II.
The City hosted two World’s Fairs in 1915-16 and 1935-36, which resulted in the development of such attractions as Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. San Diego is now the 8th largest city in the United States and is know for its sunny weather and diverse culture as well as its culinary and architectural beauty.
Join us as we explore the unique and scenic sites of San Diego.
History of Old Town San Diego
CALIFORNIA’S ORIGINAL PEOPLE
The earliest indications of people living in San Diego date back 9,000 years. They called themselves Kumeyaay. When the Spaniards arrived, they used the word Diegueño to identify the Indians associated with the Mission. In 1542 explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo reported that the native indians, "were good natured and an attractive people.” With the arrival of the Spanish settlements in 1769, many Kumeyaay retreated to the hills.
Balboa Park began as 1400 acres of land set aside in 1868 by San Diego civic leaders. Known then as "City Park”, the scrub-filled mesa that overlooked present day Downtown San Diego sat without formal landscaping or development for more than 20 years.(Today the Park's total land parcel has been reduced to 1,200 acres.)
The first steps in Park beautification were made in 1892, largely due to the contributions of Kate Sessions. Sessions offered to plant 100 trees a year within the Park as well as donate trees and shrubs around San Diego in exchange for 32 acres of land within the Park boundaries to be used for her commercial nursery. Several popular species, including the birds of paradise, queen palm and poinsettia were introduced into the Park’s horticulture because of Sessions’ early efforts. In fact, many of her original trees are alive and visible today. It is no wonder that Kate Sessions earned the title "The Mother of Balboa Park” at the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition.
Flat and treeless, Coronado was home to mostly jackrabbits and quail when Elisha Babcock and Hampton Story decided to build a seaside resort community. For $110,000 in 1886, the Midwestern investors purchased the land, laid out lots, planted trees, and built a water system and power plant. Their subsequent land auction fetched prices of $500 to $1600 per lot, recouping the men's investment and gaining them the capital for building a resort that would be the "talk of the Western world."
On January 12, 1887, the fast-track construction project began, with laborers working around the clock. The first official guests checked in a year later. Built entirely of wood and completed at a cost of $1 million, the Hotel del Coronado, designed in the Queen Anne Revival style with its whimsical turrets and asymmetrical design, is one of the few Victorian seaside resorts still standing . Further Hotel del Coronado history ishere.
For more information about Coronado's rich heritage, visit the Coronado Historical Associationand the Museum of History and Art at 1100 Orange Avenue in Coronado.
Once a notorious "red light” district teeming with sailors, bars and brothels, the Stingaree occupied the area from the waterfront between 6th and 1st Avenues up to Market Street. Sailors joked that it was far easier to get "stung” in this bawdy part of town than it was in the bay with all its stingrays.
The creation of today’s Gaslamp Quarter arose from the decision to create a Victorian theme for the 16 ½ block area stretching from the bay to Broadway and nestled between 4th and 6th Avenues. Brick sidewalks were laid out and faux gas lamps erected in order to enhance the historical feel of the neighborhood.
Although the area that is presently the Gaslamp Quarter boasts a lively array of modern shops and restaurants that draw visitors and locals alike, one can still appreciate the nineteenth-century architecture and beautifully renovated historic buildings.
Sign up sheets will be at OSAP registration area, see below for list of restaurants:
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