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24th June
2019
written by Richard

Eyewitness accounts of early San Diego are a treasure. The 1872 diary of J. A. Shepherd, the quiet bookkeeper of city founder Alonzo E. Horton, provides a fascinating first-hand look at “poor, isolated San Diego,” as the young town struggled to find success in its obscure corner of the United States.

Jesse A. Shepherd

9th May
2019
written by Richard

On Friday afternoon, May 17, I’ll be at the San Carlos Branch Library for an illustrated lecture on the history of the San Diego Public Library. Join us at 2:00. Here’s a flyer for the talk:

10th September
2018
written by Richard

9th January
2016
written by Richard

Jubilation greeted the opening of the Sweetwater Dam in the spring of 1888. On the heels of the great land “boom of the eighties,” National City and the south bay reveled in the completion of an engineering marvel—the tallest masonry arch dam in the United States, which created San Diego County’s first large reservoir of water–an essential key to the region’s growth and prosperity.

The story of Building the Sweetwater Dam.SweetwaterPromo

30th June
2014
written by Richard

Here’s a mystery image from a collection of Spreckels-era transit records.  Anyone recognize the date and place? SD Transit

8th August
2013
written by Richard

UlloaDid the Spanish explorer Francisco de Ulloa meet his demise near San Diego in 1540?  Did he leave behind a fortune in gold and silver, buried somewhere near San Luis Rey?

Last Friday I did an interview on the mystery with Edward Sifuentes, who writes for the North County edition of the UT.  Here’s the uncut video: http://bcove.me/8p1x65zj  No preface or introduction, I’m afraid.  Just a chat with a reporter with the camera running.

This Saturday morning I’ll be giving a talk on the treasure mystery at the Oceanside Public Library, at 11:00.

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