50 years ago today, Coronado’s historic ferries were in their last few hours of operation after transporting people, horses, buggies, cars and trucks back and forth to San Diego for 83 years ago. At the stroke of midnight the ferries ceased business and the San Diego – Coronado Bridge opened for traffic, forever changing Coronado.
Historic Preservation Symposium: The Coronado Historical Association will host a free Historic Preservation Symposium on Thursday, May 30, at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Coronado Historical Association, 1100 Orange Ave. Architect Ione Stiegler will give a presentation titled “Reconstructing the Past: Peeling Back Layers on the Sikes Adobe Farmstead, Warner’s Ranch, and Many More Historic Sites.” Coronado Associate Planner Tricia Olsen will describe the City’s Historic Resource Ordinance and the process to apply for Historic Designation and Mills Act tax incentives.
April 6 is California Poppy Day. The California poppy (Eschcholzia californica) was chosen as the official state flower by the California State Floral Society in 1890, and made official in the California legislature on April 6, 1903.
This Day in History – February 17, 1911 – Curtiss lands alongside the USS Pennsylvania and his plane, a Model D-III, is hoisted onto the deck with a crane, and then put back in the water. He was demonstrating to the US Navy the feasibility using aircraft in fleet operations. One month early, Eugene Ely as part of the Curtiss Expedition Team, landed on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania, and later took off from the deck of the ship. Soon after, the Navy purchased its first airplane.
Photo courtesy Leslie Crawford Collection.
A nod to Coronado history on this Valentine’s Day. Can you guess who?
Coronado Historical Association turns 50 years old in March, kicking off with a 50th Grand Jubilee gala at the Hotel del Coronado. Coronado History Matters!
If you are interested in attending, RSVP HERE to receive a formal invitation.