A Historical Nod to The Neighborhood of La Jolla

2017-11-22 07:45:15


Looking north towards Black Beach. That small building in the far distance is the first Scripps Hall. So I rarely give myself the opportunity to editorialize on these blogs but I came across something the other day that truly piqued my interested both as a San Diego resident and as a former history student back on the East Coast. It happened just the other day during some downtime at work. I was on Facebook conducting what I've begun to call the "Daily Downtime Swipe" when I came across a suggested post for the La Jolla Historical Society.

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No, it's not an old folks home, and yes they do cater to those who are interested in the history of the region (who ironically happen to be of an older demographic), but the fact remains the same: I had found a diamond in the rough for the easily accessible history to the place we've grown to know and love over the years.

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View of the Children's Pool in La Jolla (Photo: SDHS)[/caption] In particular, I found a photo from 1935 when the Children's pool section of the reefs was under construction. What's more, we get an aerial view of the La Jolla peninsula before it became the overdeveloped landscape of today. You'll notice the photo above (courtesy of the La Jolla Historical Society) and if you take a closer look at the background it appears that this photo predates the development of the entire La Jolla Shores neighborhood. The reality of this photo just goes to show how much can change in a short period of time and the youthful nature of this area.

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Rebuilding of the original Scripps Pier in the 80's

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Downtown La Jolla in 1920 Aside from old photos, the La Jolla Historical Society hosts multiple commininity events, monthly exhibitions, sponsors annual events such as the Concours d'Elegance Motor Car Classic, and serves as the overall keeper of archiaic history and secrets for one of San Diego's most pristine neighborhoods. I was legitimately impressed by the history I discovered within a span of fine minutes and will definitely consider the areas rich history next time I'm out in the water either catching a surf or a snorkel at any number of the beautiful reefs the place has to offer. I learned It pays to understand your past, for it give you clearer indication of where you're heading. Stay stoked everybody!

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