19th December
written by Richard

Thanks to the great people from the California Digital Newspaper Project, San Diego’s first newspaper, the Herald (1851-1860) is now available online. Digitization of this historic newspaper was supported by a grant from the State-funded California Revealed Project.

The CDNP digitized the Herald from microfilm held by Special Collections at the San Diego Public Library. The film itself derives from the only surviving hard copy run of the Herald–donated to the library by E. W. Morse in 1901. Now the whole collection is available on the Internet with full-text retrieval. Give it a go from the CDNP website.

Below is a quick sample, featuring one of San Diego’s most notable characters!

San Diego Herald, March 6, 1852


10th September
written by Richard

9th January
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
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
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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