CHA 50th Grand Jubilee – SAVE THE DATE

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.

CHA 50th Grand Jubilee – SAVE THE DATE

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.

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.

Avenue of Heroes Ceremony

Public Invited to Avenue of Heroes Ceremony
City to Honor 13 Hometown Heroes on Saturday, November 3

Coronado, CA (October 31, 2018) – The City of Coronado invites the public to attend the next Avenue of Heroes Dedication Ceremony at Coronado High School on Saturday, November 3.

Thirteen military Hometown Heroes, who call or have called Coronado home, will be recognized and honored. Officials with the City of Coronado, VFW Post 2422, the Avenue of Heroes Neighborhood Association, and the Coronado Historical Association have worked together to develop the Hometown Hero Banner program, which honors men and women from Coronado who have honorably served their country.

Each honoree’s biography will be read, and Coronado’s mayor will present them with a framed photograph of their banner which will be displayed along the Avenue of Heroes (Third and Fourth streets). The ceremony will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the High School Auditorium, 650 D Ave. The entrance is at the corner of D Avenue and Sixth Street. Doors will open at 10 a.m. with refreshments immediately following the ceremony.

The program is open to all active duty or retired service members, from enlisted personnel to officers, who live or have lived in Coronado. In a town known for its military presence, Coronado has plenty of candidates.

Additional information on the Hometown Hero Banner program can be found by searching “Hero” on the City’s website: www.coronado.ca.us.  The City is actively accepting applications for future banner candidates living or deceased, active duty or retired, who live or have lived in Coronado and honorably serve or have served in any branch of the military.

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Posted on 10/31/2018

Coronado History – September 5, 1922

On This Day In Coronado History – September 5, 1922

1024px-JimmyDoolittle - Wikimedia Commons Photo: JimmyDoolittle-Wikimedia-Commons

Dashing aviator, Jimmy Doolittle, set a record for the first transcontinental flight, flying 2,163 miles from Pablo Beach (now Jacksonville), FL to Rockwell Field, the Army airfield that was once part of North Island.  He departed Jacksonville on September 4th, refueled his plane once at Kelly Field in Texas, then flew on to Rockwell Field, arriving on September 5 at 5:34pm.  Total flight time clocked in at 21 hours and 19 minutes. The U.S. Army awarded him the Distinguished Flying Cross, one of many awards he would receive in his career, including the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Doolittle, originally enlisted in the Army Air Corp in October 1917 at North Island’s Rockwell Field.   During the demobilization of the military after WWI, Doolittle was recommended for retention in the Army Air Corps where he qualified and earned a Regular Army commission as a 1st Lieutenant, Air Service, on July 1, 1920.  It was at Rockwell Field that he did his flight training, and later became a flight leader and instructor there.

Doolittle’s famous career is extensive and can be read about here: Jimmy Doolittle – Wikipedia

Coronado Then and Now

One hundred and ten years ago today but not much has changed – Coronado, kids, water….