Rails of the Silver Gate The Spreckels San Diego Empire By Richard Dodge DJ

Rails of the Silver Gate The Spreckels San Diego Empire By Richard Dodge DJ

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Rails of the Silver Gate The Spreckels San Diego Empire By Richard Dodge DJ
Rails of the Silver Gate The Spreckels San Diego Empire By Richard Dodge Hard Cover WITH DUST JACKET 1960 FIRST PRINTING    143 Pages
Over the centuries California has proven to be a land of adventure and romance, and blessed by a bountiful nature with a wealth of natural resources.
Down at its southernmost tip, eternally kissed by the sparkling waves of the blue Pacific, lies sunny San Diego, the delightful locale of this book. Civilization in California had its beginnings in San Diego.
First voyageur to arrive by sea was Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. His small caravel first sailed into the harbor of San Diego on September 28, 1542.
Sixty years later, in 1602, Don Sebastian Viscaino, exploring the New World for Spain, sailed into the same bay and established a settlement. He changed its name from San Miguel, so called by Cabrillo, to San Diego de Alcala. In 1769, Padre Junipero Serra founded Mission San Diego de Alcala there, the first of the chain of 21 built along El Camino Real.
In 1822, California came under the rule of Mexico. But in 1846 the Bear Flag of the California Republic was raised at Sonoma and 23 days later, on July 7, 1846, California became the 31st State and a full-fledged member of the United States of America.
From then on San Diego attracted land seekers, and the boom was on. By 1885 it boasted 40,000 residents (although five years later, in 1890, this dropped to 17,000 when the rush collapsed).
One who came was John D. Spreckels. He sailed through the Silver Gate into San Diego harbor aboard his yacht Lurline in July, 1887, a man made wealthy by vast sugar holdings. Under San Diego's blue sky lie decided to make his home.
The years passed. The trails once trod by the brown-robed Franciscan padres gave way to shining steel rails. A major railroad, trolley lines and even steam tramways speeded the growth of the city. The town grew and prospered, so that smaller towns sprang up around it, yet dependent on it, for life.
Spreckels used his wealth to build great hotels, expand transportation facilities, expand its business district and to develop its cultural features.

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