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Where California was born

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http://www.missionvalleycondos.infoMission Valley in San Diego, California, is one of the most happening places in San Diego County. There's shopping, dining, dancing, drinking, golfing, boating, movies.... Just about the only thing you can't do in Mission Valley is snow skiing.

But did you know that Mission Valley also happens to be the place where California was born? Yep. Right here in Mission Valley. At the far western end where Presidio Park sits today:


http://www.missionvalleycondos.infoThe site is marked by a beautiful museum, the Junipero Serra Museum, built in 1929 in the Spanish Colonial style. Unfortunately, museums have been hit hard by budget cuts during the recession, so it currently is not open to the public. However, a walk around the grounds presents you with a lot of history about early California if you stop to read the plaques:

  1. The site known as Presidio Hill was first occupied by sailors, soldiers, Indians, and Franciscan missionaries on May 17, 1769. In just 241 years, California went from a military outpost to the most populous state in the Union.
  2. http://www.missionvalleycondos.infoJust two months later, on July 16, Father Junipero Serra founded the first California mission at Presidio Hill although the mission would later be moved about five miles further inland.
  3. The Presidio was abandoned in 1837 after San Diego was officially designated a Mexican pueblo. That meant that Mexican forces rather than city residents would protect the city.
  4. There is a mausoleum on the property. The plaque says the mausoleum is for Sylvester Pattie and he is noted as "Pathfinder." He was the leader of the first party of Americans into Alta California over Southern trails, http://www.missionvalleycondos.infoarriving at the Presidio on March 27, 1828. Sylvester Pattie was born in Kentucky on August 25, 1782, was an officer in the War of 1812, and died on April 24, 1828, not even a month after arriving in San Diego. He is recognized as the first American buried in California soil.
  5. One of the great San Diegans from its early history was George White Marston (1850-1946). Marston set about to acquire Presidio Hill and surrounding lands to create a public space recognizing the birthplace of San Diego and California. What you see at Presidio Hill — the buildings, http://www.missionvalleycondos.infothe parks, the trees, the trails — are the result of his work. Most of the giant eucalyptus trees you see on the Presidio grounds were planted by Marston.
  6. There is a time capsule that was sealed on December 31, 1969, and is supposed to be opened on July 16, 2069, for the 300th anniversary of the founding of the San Diego Mission by Father Serra.
  7. The views of Mission Valley from the top of Presidio Hill are spectacular. On a clear day after the fog and marine layer have dissipated, you can see forever: Mission Bay, Mount Soledad, University of San Diego.... So take some time off, stop by, walk the trails, have a picnic, and enjoy yourself. This is where San Diego and California began!

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Patricia Feager
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I was so happy to read this! I had no idea! Thank you for teaching me something new! The photos are simply beautiful and the stories are more than extraordinary. I always thought kids would derive the most benefit when studying Geography and History if the got to spend a year in another state to learn about facts, as you you described, and seeing it first hand, rather than read about it in some geography or history book.

Can you imagin what life would be like if you got to spend the first 8 or 12 years of your life learning about stuff like this in 8, 12 or more different states instead of being in the same classroom for an entire year in the same old place? 

Jan 25, 2011 02:23 PM #1
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I feel as if I should be getting class credit for your wonderful posts.  We have a good friend whose last name is Marston;  I am going to ask him if he has any California connections.  Thanks, Jim.

Jan 25, 2011 02:37 PM #2
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Jim, great post!  I love to find out facts like these!  San Diego is such a beautiful area, and the weather is so nice!

Jan 25, 2011 05:17 PM #3
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Jim, your out and about posts really do bring an outsider into San Diego County...great pictures to capture this area too..at least you DON't have the snow which I would consider a blessing right now!

Jan 25, 2011 10:25 PM #4
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Jim....great photos...My sister says it's a beautiful place! Have a great day!---Rob

Jan 25, 2011 10:39 PM #5
Kimberly A Norgard
Devlin McNiff Halstead Real Estate - East Hampton, NY

Good morning, Jim.  Thank you for the terrific pictures and explanation of what your area has to offer.  (I love your cat pictures, too!)

Jan 25, 2011 11:09 PM #6
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

We have been there, Jim, and it is a beautiful place and very peaceful. Great photos too.

Jan 25, 2011 11:13 PM #7
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Sitting inside looking at all the snow I will have to shovel from my drive, your post is giving me a metnal vacation. Beautifully done!

Jan 26, 2011 12:34 AM #8
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Hi Jim,
 I lived in San Diego for 8 years and have been through the area you highlighted many times, but years ago. Thanks for the nostalgia tour. 

Have you done a similar post about Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary?


Jan 26, 2011 01:54 AM #9
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jim, your out and about posts DO make us feel like we can BE THERE, and those photos are just beautiful!

Jan 26, 2011 02:13 AM #10
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Jim --- I wonder what is inside that time capsule.

Jan 26, 2011 02:18 AM #11
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA


I enjoyed the history post. Reminds me of my early history lessons.



Jan 26, 2011 03:42 AM #12
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

A wonderful post Jim! You have actually inspired to me to try make a post like this. But I wonder...where do I start?! Kudos on this and the pictures too!

Jan 26, 2011 03:57 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thank you for the in depth lesson on California, and it is beautifull illustrated with pictures.  This is a great post.  A

Jan 26, 2011 07:28 AM #14
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi - Lodi, CA
The Nines Team in Lodi

Jim - While I grew up in San Diego ... and this was pretty much my history - there are those in Northern California that might propose that 1728 was the birth of California by the Russian Trading company under a grant from Tsar Paul 1st - granted in 1799!

The lower part of the future state was identified as "Spanish California" - and the land-grab was on!

Great post - great photos and as always great content!  Thanks Jim!

Jan 26, 2011 11:15 AM #15
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Hey, everyone Thanks for stopping by.

As usual, I get way behind in checking the comments to my many blog posts, so that’s what I’m doing this evening, trying to catch up.

I’ll read through all the comments to see if any of them need a specific response. If so, I’ll respond below this comment. Thanks again for stopping by and commenting. I really do appreciate it, and I’ll be by your blogs soon to do some reading and commenting soon.

Feb 13, 2011 06:49 PM #16
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Mel – I think either Russel or I did a post about Fort Rosecrans a couple of years ago. Might be time for another one.

Feb 13, 2011 06:51 PM #17
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