La Jolla is one of the unique and quaint cities within the San Diego County. Its charm and beauty has enamored a lot of people to move into its neighborhoods and enjoy what it has to offer.
The La Jolla Light has pieced together an easy-to-understand history of the area. In their article they mentioned that possibly its first inhabitants were Native Americans.
“The lands of La Jolla became incorporated as part of San Diego in 1850. However, there were no permanent settlers in this section of town until 19 years later when two brothers, Daniel and Samuel Sizer, each bought a plot here. The City of San Diego sold these 80-acre plots for the price of $1.25 per acre. Little did the Sizer brothers know that their plots of land, located between present-day Fay Street and La Jolla Boulevard, would be worth nearly $2 million per acre by 2000.”
The full write-up has been originally published here.
La Jolla History
WikiPedia also has an entry on the City of La Jolla where it also mentioned about its history. One of the areas discussed is the early history of La Jolla and how the area got its name.
“Local Native Americans, the Kumeyaay, called this location mat kulaaxuuy, “land of holes.” The topographic feature that gave rise to the name “holes” is uncertain; it probably refers to sea-level caves located on the north-facing bluffs, which are visible from La Jolla Shores. It is suggested that the Kumeyaay name for the area was transcribed by the Spanish settlers as La Jolla. An alternative, pseudo-etymological suggestion for the origin of the name is that it is an alternate spelling of the Spanish word la joya, which means ‘the jewel.’”
Check out the full write-up here.
Historic Sites in La Jolla
The La Jolla Historical Society puts out there relevant information on the historical sites in La Jolla, as well as about its inception as a City. In their official website, they also have suggested historical itineraries visitors can take when in La Jolla. One of the tours they designed is visiting the beach cottages along the La Jolla Shores.
“Before paved streets, running water, and grand hotels, La Jolla was a village of small cottages that clung to the cliffs and nestled in the canyons along the rising topography of the coastline. Craftsman-style beach cottages were the vernacular architecture of the late-19th century and early-20th century. Of basic design and simple wood construction, the cottages on this driving tour remain a window into early La Jolla.”
Read more about it here.
La Jolla is indeed a place that is rich in history!