Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Mission Valley In 1904

If you've been to San Diego, chances are you've either driven through or by Mission Valley, just east of Old Town and north of downtown and the harbor. One hundred years ago, the San Diego River wound through verdant fields on its way from the Laguna Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. These days, the river is channeled through a series of concrete flood control devices, mostly underground and the farmland has given way to Interstate 8, countless hotels, restaurants, car agencies, shopping centers, a sports stadium and condominium developments.

The Detroit Publishing Company made this color photomechanical print of how it was, looking east in 1904.


High Desert Diva said...

It was lovely in 1904!

The Weaver of Grass said...

I recently went back to where I lived fifty years ago - my goodness how it had changed - where we used to play were housing estates now. But goodness me, if that was San Diego - good job nobody is alive from 1904 to see it today.