North Park San Diego has always been known for its great vibe, and lively street life. It has great restaurants, hip bars and cool places to explore. It also has a great school system, and retail establishments a young community will surely thrive on.
The North Park Historical Society has shared a brief history of the community. In their account they however mentioned that there could be an overlap of areas within one community from its neighboring areas which can be confusing when it comes to determining its jurisdiction.
“Going back farther in time, there is a clear historical basis for the name “North Park.” This is where things get really complicated. The map shows the historical subdivisions that are described in our book North Park: A San Diego Urban Village, 1896-1946. Each area in a color is a separate subdivision that was mapped and filed at various times by different people.”
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Historic North Park
WikiPedia has an entry on North Park. In their article they mentioned that it started off as a lemon grove in the early 1900s.
“In the summer of 1893, San Diego merchant Joseph Nash sold 40 acres (16 ha) of land northeast of Balboa Park to James Monroe Hartley, who wished to develop a lemon grove. The Hartley family began the arduous process of clearing the land to prepare the earth for the grove, but providing the fledgling trees with proper irrigation was always a problem. Barrels of water had to be hauled from downtown San Diego up a wagon trail that would eventually be called Pershing Drive.”
The full entry can be found here.
Exploring North Park
The website Explore North Park also discussed how the community started out as a neighborhood in the early 1900s. In the article they also mentioned how the neighborhood looked like more than 100 years before.
“North Park fascinates visitors and residents alike with its visible history that began more than 100 years ago. In the early 1900s, the streetcar lines of John D. Spreckels’ San Diego Electric Railway brought investors, residents, and shopkeepers to a nearly empty, scrub-covered mesa. The streetcars that ran along University Avenue (Number 7) and 30th Street (Number 2) met in 1911 and created the “Busy Corner,” then and now the commercial heart of the community. Let’s take a walk around the block and go back in time.”
The rest of the article has been originally published here.
North Park is indeed a great community to explore, and a vibrant one at that.