Friday, November 25, 2011

Inaja Fire Memorial - Santa Ysabel, CA, USA

On the night of November 25, 1956 eleven firefighters lost their lives fighting the Inaja Fire in San Diego County's rugged backcountry. 
The fire had been started the previous afternoon by a 16-yr-old boy on the Inaja Indian Reservation when he tossed a match into some dry grass to see if it would burn.  The fire had already burned 25,000 acres by the following afternoon and was spreading towards populated areas.
The night crew on November 25 consisted of firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and volunteer inmates from the Viejas Honor Camp.  The men were cutting a line in a deep ravine when the flames suddenly rushed towards them.  The crew boss ordered the men to leave immediately when he saw the flames.  Six men escaped, but eleven were caught in a "flash-over" and perished.
As a result of this tragedy The Ten Standard Firefighting Orders were developed and remain in use today.

The Ten Standard Firefighting Orders
  1. Keep informed on fire weather conditions and forecasts.
  2. Know what your fire is doing at all times.
  3. Base all actions on current and expected behavior of the fire.
  4. Identify escape routes and safety zones and make them known.
  5. Post lookouts when there is possible danger.
  6. Be alert. Keep calm. Think clearly. Act decisively.
  7. Maintain prompt communications with your forces, your supervisor, and adjoining forces.
  8. Give clear instructions and insure they are understood.
  9. Maintain control of your forces at all times.
  10. Fight fire aggressively, having provided for safety first.

Located on Highway 78 just above the town of Santa Ysabel.   There is an adjoining parking lot and picnic grounds with restrooms as well as a hiking trail.
For benchmark hunters, a U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Benchmark is located near the memorial.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Old Jail - Temecula, CA, USA

The small two-story building referred to as the Old Temecula Jail was never actually intended or used for that purpose.  The walls are constructed of one-foot thick scrap granite from the quarries that were once active in the area.  It is believed to have been built by the Weltys and used as a storehouse for their neighboring store and hotel in the Welty Building.  A water tank sat on the top of the structure providing water pressure for the hotel.  Later, when Joe Winkels' saloon occupied the Welty Building, the granite building was probably used as a wine cellar.  It is thought to have been used occasionally as a temporary holding cell for drunken patrons, hence the reference to a jail.

Located just west of Front Street, and south of Main Street in the courtyard behind the Welty Building.  Access from Main Street and from the public parking lot one block south.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Welty Building - Temecula, CA, USA

Built in the 1890s by R.J. Welty and his wife, Mary, the building originally housed a store on the ground floor and rooms for rent on the second floor. 
It was purchased by Joe Winkels in 1902 and operated as a hotel, The Ramona Inn.  A barber shop and saloon replaced the store area and alcohol was illegally sold there during the prohibition era.  Gaming was offered in the form of pool tables, card games and slot machines.  Boxers Jack Dempsey, Jim Jeffries and Jack Sharkey were among those who trained at an upstairs boxing arena.  Buster Keaton, Fatty Arbuckle and other celebrities from Hollywood were known to visit The Ramona Inn.

On Christmas Eve 1907 Temecula's constable, Preston Van Swanguen, and a local businessman, Louis Escallier, were shot to death by Horace Magee while attempting to quell a barroom fight.

In later years the saloon was named The Stallion, and then The Stables.  A sandwich shop, The Corner, was located in the building in the 1970s.
The Welty Building was among the buildings in the historic district that were damaged in 1993 by a 3-foot-high wall of mud that resulted from the flooding of nearby Murrieta Creek.  It remained empty for years afterward.
The Temecula Olive Oil Company, a food and gift shop featuring a tasting bar, has occupied the ground floor since 2002.

Located in the historict district of Old Town Temecula on the southwest corner of Front Street and Main Street.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Bonjour - Fallbrook, CA, USA

Bonjour, a bronze sculpture by artist Celou Bonnet, was placed in October 2000 and is a part of Fallbrook Art in Public Places.  It depicts a little boy wearing a baseball cap, with a band-aid on one knee, holding a bunny.

Located at The Village Square at the southeast corner of Main Avenue and Alvarado Street.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Honor Roll Wall - Fallbrook, CA, USA

Guardians of Freedom, a 2004 bronze plaque by artist Christopher Pardell, is a part of Fallbrook Art in Public Places.

It is the centerpiece of the Fallbrook Veterans Honor Roll Wall.

Located on the exterior wall of The Village Square on the corner of Main Avenue and Alvarado Street.  (Alvarado, just east of Main.)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Marina Towers - Oceanside, CA, USA

Overlooking Oceanside Harbor the 67-unit Marina Towers Condominiums were built in 1975.  At 17 stories this is the tallest building in Oceanside.

Located at 1200 Harbor Drive North.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lost at Sea Memorial - Oceanside, CA, USA

In Memory of Those Lost at Sea.

Dedicated January 9, 1979.

Located in Oceanside Harbor on Harbor Drive North, immediately north of the fishing pier.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cline Residence - Oceanside, CA, USA

This farmouse, built in 1889, originally had an upper level.  The upper level was lost in a storm in 1916.

Located at 614 South Grant Street.

Friday, November 4, 2011

General Store - Santa Ysabel, CA, USA

The Santa Ysabel General Store was built in 1884 and includes a basement.  One of the county's oldest buildings, it is the only general store built from adobe remaining in San Diego County.

Located on Highway 78 at the intersection of Highway 79.

Addendum, December 14, 2011:
The Santa Ysabel General Store has been purchased by SOHO San Diego and will be preserved as a visitor center.

San Diego Union Tribune article, December 14, 2011:
Santa Ysabel Store to Become Visitor Center

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Jail - Julian, CA, USA

Built in 1914, this 2-cell reinforced concrete structure was the first building in Julian to have indoor plumbing.  It was designed by Quayle Bros. & Cessy Architects.

Located on the corner of C Street and Fourth Street.