Thursday, June 11, 2009

Revisiting Coronado's Tent City

We looked back at Coronado's Tent City last year, a mini-city of semi-permanent rentals that sprang up south of the Hotel Del Coronado when John D. Spreckels (of sugar fame) took over the ownership of the Hotel. That's Point Loma in the distance.

Above is one of the first advertisements for Tent City. It worked! Tent City's thatched roofed tents became a destination for tourists from around the world, eager to camp across the street from one for the most beautiful beaches on the coast of California.

Tent City's population was such that it supported its own newspaper, fire department and police force. It thrived until the darkest days of the Great Depression and closed in 1939.


High Desert Diva said...

I love the thatched roofs and cabana stripes!

Sweet Repose said...

Ahhh, the good ol' days, things seemed so uncomplicated, yet full of fun and mystery.