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During the 1880s, a great land boom was sweeping California. Two visionary entrepreneurs, Elisha Babcock and H. L. Story, imagined Coronado as a resort and brought their dream to reality by luring the wealthy and famous to their exclusive red-roofed hotel on the beach. John D. Spreckels continued to build upon that dream, leaving a legacy through his many gifts to the city. The U.S. Navy has played a prominent role in Coronado's development, with North Island officially known as the birthplace of naval aviation, and later, with U.S. Navy SEALs stationed at Naval Amphibious Base. Coronado and North Island are surrounded by water and only accessible by the peninsular Silver Strand and the iconic Coronado-San Diego Bay Bridge. This creates a small town atmosphere with a unique combination of cosmopolitan beach resort and navy town, rich in history.
ISBN: 9780738581309
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 197
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Leslie Hubbard Crawford, a resident for over 45 years, shares her love for Coronado with this pictorial compilation. At age 10, she rode one of the last beloved car ferries that crossed the bay before the opening of the bridge. An avid gardener, she is involved in numerous volunteer organizations in Coronado, and is happy to call Coronado her home.
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