North Island History

North Island History

North Island History 

To Citizens of Coronado – 
In order to give employment to Beach residents during the Spring and coming Summer, the Coronado Beach Company have decided to allow selected portions of North Island cleared of firewood. The Company will set aside certain ground for the exclusive use of any resident who desires to devote time to cutting wood, and after the wood is cut will furnish team to haul same to market or residence, dividing equally the quantity cut. If the party desires to sell the wood In San Diego, the Company will furnish team, wagon and driver, and divide the proceeds. A good day’s work should secure a cord, which sells at $8 in San Diego.

Apply to T. J. Seeley, G avenue, between Fourth and Fifth streets, or at Company’s office.

E. S. Babcock, Jr. President

This article of North Island history was printed in the June 21, 1890 edition of the Coronado Mercury – Newpaper archives of the Coronado Public Library. 

Coronado’s Historic Ferries

Coronado’s Historic Ferries

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.

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Historic Preservation Symposium 2019

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.

California Poppy Day

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 – Feb 17, 1911

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.


Coronado History 11-13-1886

On this day in Coronado History

On November 13, 1886, the Coronado Beach Company held a public auction, selling selected lots on Coronado Beach. The ferry made trips across the bay every 30 minutes to accommodate the crowds. More than 6,000 people came over from San Diego to be part of the activities. An article written in the San Diego Union the day after the event stated that after visitors got off the ferry they were “thence whirled by steam-cars from bay shore to sea shore along an avenue lined with oranges trees and spraying fountains.” A large tent by the beach was erected for the auction, and a free lunch of coffee and sandwiches was served. Bidding began at 11:00 a.m., and by the end of the day 350 lots had sold for a total of $110,000. Maj. Levi Chase, the lawyer who negotiated the purchase of the peninsula for Babcock and Story, bought the first oceanfront lot.