Archive for December 16th, 2010

16th December
2010
written by Richard

Eyeing the murky, dirt-bottom lily pond in front of the wood lath Botanical Building, the Navy suggested using the 195 x 43 foot basin for swimming and boating lessons.  Balboa Park’s governing Board of Park Commissioners–eager to please their military guests–“hastened to comply. . . ”  

The story of the Navy Swimming Pool in Balboa Park.

The lily pond in Balboa Park

16th December
2010
written by Richard

Construction of the bridge began in December 1912 under the supervision of Frank P. Allen, Jr., the exposition’s Director of Works, using the designs of Thomas B. Hunter, a San Francisco engineer.  Built for a cost of $225,154, the bridge was an innovative multiple-arched, cantilever structure—the first such bridge in California. . .

Read the history of this remarkable landmark, the Cabrillo Bridge.