Sunday, August 25, 2013

Giant Eucalyptus Tree - Escondido, CA, USA

In the early 1900s groves of Eucalyptus trees were planted throughout Southern California in the belief that the wood could be used for railroad ties. Unfortunately that was not to be as the wood warped and cracked.
One of the trees from that era was located in Grape Day Park and had grown to be a giant. It was actually two trees that had grown together into one. It was abruptly decided in April of 2013 that the old "Siamese twin" tree needed to be cut down due to "safety concerns," and on April 19, 2013 that occurred.

This is the tree as it appeared on May 26, 2012.

And this is all that remained on May 25, 2013.

Located in Grape Day Park at 321 North Broadway.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

First Christian Church - Lake Elsinore, CA, USA

Built by the Methodists in 1887 after their original building was lost to a windstorm, this brick structure is the oldest church in Lake Elsinore (originally Elsinore).  It was sold to the First Christian congregation in 1923 and has been continuously occupied since then as the First Christian Church.  Prominent features are stained glass windows and the nearly 50-foot tall steeple housing an antique bell.

In February 2013 the Valley of the Mist Chapter of the Colonial Dames XVII Century placed a commemorative plaque in recognition of the building's historical significance.

A photograph at the Lake Elsinore Museum of the Methodist's 1887 dedication ceremony includes a figure believed to be Wyatt Earp - a tall mustached man in a white shirt standing at the top of the steps in front of the door.

Wyatt Earp Believed to be in 1887 Church Photo

Located at 503 West Heald Avenue at the northeast corner of Heald Avenue and Poe Street.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Tricentennial Time Capsule - Carlsbad, CA, USA

A time capsule containing ordinary everyday items was placed in the Bicentennial Garden in front of the Magee House and dedicated on July 4, 1976.  It is scheduled to be opened on the nation's Tricentennial in 2076.  The Magee House currently houses the Carlsbad Historical Society and is located in Magee Park.


Located at 258 Beech Avenue.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Diamond Jubilee Time Capsule - Oceanside, CA, USA

A time capsule comemmorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of Oceanside was placed in front of City Hall by the City Council in 1958.  It is scheduled to be opened after 75 years in 2033.  There is no official record of what items were placed in the time capsule.
Originally situated in the grass in front of City Hall, the building is now occupied by the Oceanside Museum of Art and the grass has been replaced by Natal Plum, obscurring the marker.

Located at 704 Pier View Way (formerly Third Street)  in front of the Oceanside Museum of Art Gift Shop, west of the original steps.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Thomas Underground Mural - Oceanside, CA, USA

This mural is located on a retaining wall in the alley behind the house located on the corner of North Clementine Street and Surfrider Way. 

In the lower right corner are a name and phone number:  Thomas Underground  760-978-2638.

Located in the alley between North Clementine Street and North Nevada Street, just south of Surfrider Way (formerly Fifth Street).

Friday, June 28, 2013

Egyptian Revival Style - Oceanside, CA, USA

This Egyptian Revival style residence in the Plumosa Heights neighborhood was built circa 1928.  There was a resurgence in the Egyptian Revival style following the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922. 
Among the Egyptian elements of this home are the angled walls, tapering in towards the top.  The incised stucco finish was meant to resemble sandstone blocks.  A cornice flares out at the very top, just below the flat roofline.  Above the front window and the garage door are a pair of bas relief Egyptian religious designs which symbolize protection.  A central sun disk flanked by a pair of cobra heads and vulture wings.  The deep covered porch is reminiscent of a courtyard.

In 1930 this house was being rented by Hal and May Hinch, their daughter Mildred and May's mother.  Mr. Hinch was the manager of the Sprouse-Reitz department store in downtown Oceanside, then located at 119 North Hill Street.  Mrs. Hinch also worked there as a saleslady.

Located at 906 West Street.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Seventh-Day Adventist Church - Escondido, CA, USA

Seven churches were originally granted land by the Escondido Land & Trust Company, this being one of those original seven.  Constructed in 1887 this brick church originally served the Southern Methodists.  It was sold in 1900 to the Seventh-day Adventists who occupied it for a number of years.  It has been enlarged several times and today is occupied by Iglesia Monte De Los Olivos, a Christian church.

An extension has been added to the rear of the original church.

Another extension to the side of the original structure along 4th Avenue.

Located at 331 West 4th Avenue, the original church structure is located on the corner of 4th Avenue and Orange Street.