Hillcrest is one of the popular neighborhoods in San Diego County, and is known as the nerve center of the LGBTQ Community. From the community center, to being the starting point of the County-Wide Annual Gay Pride Parade, Hillcrest has been known to be a neighborhood that welcomes just about everyone.
But what was it before? What is the history of Hillcrest in San Diego?
The San Diego History Center has shared information about the history of Hillcrest, and how it has evolved into the LGBTQ friendly community that it is known today.
“During the last thirty years of American social history, the gay and lesbian community has evolved from an obscure group of isolated individuals to a strong minority. This minority has developed a unified sense of self-awareness and community. The evolution has often centered on a specific neighborhood, which is transformed into a place of refuge and secure dwelling. In the early 1970s, Hillcrest became such a refuge for the gays and lesbians of San Diego. In the 1970s Hillcrest began undergoing a radical transformation from a neighborhood in decline to San Diego’s premiere gay community.”
The full write-up can be found here.
Historic Information on Hillcrest, SD
WIkiPedia also has an entry on Hillcrest, San Diego. In their entry, they discussed that the first inhabitants of the area are Native Americans.
“Initially, Hillcrest was a chaparral-covered mesa. Kumeyaay Indians inhabited numerous villages scattered throughout the San Diego region. Spanish colonization brought the first of twenty-nine California missions with the founding of the nearby San Diego Mission. Presidio Park in Mission Hills and Old Town just down the hill are a part of San Diego history. In 1870, Mary Kearney obtained a deed from the city for the land that eventually became Hillcrest.”
Check out the full article here.
Hillcrest at Present
The San Diego Tourism Authority meanwhile described Hillcrest’s present day community. In its description the tourism authority mentioned how it has become the gay friendly community that the LGBTQ takes pride in.
“Lauded for its welcoming vibe and pedestrian-friendly streets and sidewalk patios, the area’s east end is marked by a towering rainbow Pride flag just off Hillcrest’s main thoroughfare of University Avenue, at the corner of Normal Street. The landmark serves as the starting point for San Diego LGBTQ+ Pride’s annual mile-long parade held each July. A block away, down Harvey Milk Street, is where the San Diego LGBTQ+ Community Center resides.”
Check out the full write-up here.
Hillcrest indeed has a rich history, and a happy and welcoming present-day vibe.