San Diego history

Julian mining shoot-out, Marilyn at the Hotel Del, Mission Valley murder, who caught San Diego's first wave, Miranda and Gaslamp, Copley Press

Sandrock's tienda at Mission Grade. The slope up which Highway 163 runs today was called Poor Farm Grade; Texas Street was called Mission Grade.
  • Sandrock's tienda at Mission Grade. The slope up which Highway 163 runs today was called Poor Farm Grade; Texas Street was called Mission Grade.

American Primitive

A Julian shoot-out

Memorial Day is the anniversary of a gold fields shootout [in 1989] known in the Julian back country as "The Chariot Canyon Massacre." Five men opened fire with assault rifle, shotgun, machine pistol, hunting rifle, and target rifle in a dispute over a gold claim in the Chariot Canyon gold field.

By Hugh Crumpler, May 30, 1991 | Read full article


Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe at Hotel del Coronado during filming of Some Like It Hot

Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe at Hotel del Coronado during filming of Some Like It Hot

The White Mask

Marilyn Monroe and the Hotel Del Coronado

She was pregnant, the second time that year. Six months earlier she had suffered an ectopic pregnancy and miscarried. During breaks in filming, Monroe would sit on the Del’s veranda and breathe the fresh Pacific air, saying, “This will be great for the baby.”

By Thomas Larson, Sept. 4, 2003 | Read full article


Murder in Mission Valley

A tale from the 1890s

A man told sheriff’s deputies that Juan Jose Hillario, an Indian living in Balboa Park, had suggested to him on an earlier occasion that they kill Mrs. Sandrock and rob the store.

By Barbara Palmer, Jan. 25, 2001 | Read full article


90 Years of Curl

Who caught the first wave?

Elwell says Kahanamoku surfed the OB Pier, and when he did, he asked a teenaged lifeguard named Charlie Wright if he could store his board in Wright's beach shack.

By Jeannette DeWyze, Dec. 14, 2006 | Read full article


Before It Was the Gaslamp

The colorful Mr. Miranda.

He entertained the rich and famous in his Hotel San Diego suite full of priceless memorabilia and was romantically linked to actress Rose Marie, though he was actually a closeted homosexual and co-owner of California's notorious Pussycat chain of porn theaters.

By Jay Allen Sanford, June 21, 2007 | Read full article


The Rise and Fall of the Copley Press

Stranglehold in the city.

Shortly after he purchased the two San Diego papers, a dinner was arranged in Copley’s honor at the Hotel del Coronado. He rose to speak, assuring the crowd that his operating style was far different from that of the Spreckelses: “These papers are not to be personal organs of myself or anyone else.”

By Matt Potter, Feb. 27, 2008 | Read full article

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