The oldest house in East San Diego
The history section in my library is one of the largest sections. One of the books that I’m browsing right now is “East of San Diego: The lost history of the East San Diego Police Department, 1912-1923.”
Gary is a third-generation native San Diegan, a former member of the San Diego Police Department, and helped establish the San Diego Police Historical Association in 1997. He grew up in East San Diego and still lives in the neighborhood, now actually a part of the City of San Diego.
On page 20 is this picture:
That is Mr. and Mrs. Schnug standing on the porch of their house, one of 475 houses that were in “City Heights” in 1910. Two years later City Heights would become the city of East San Diego.
That house still exists, and in the same location at 3700 El Cajon Boulevard:
I even pulled a screen shot from Google Maps. You can see the cute little Queen Anne house in the lower right corner. It now serves as the offices of a used car dealership.
It is known as the Emma Schnug House. Emma Schnug was born there in 1903 and lived her whole life in San Diego, dying in 1996.
At the time of her birth, El Cajon Boulevard was called El Cajon Avenue and was but a dirt road. Its name was changed in 1937, at a time of booming growth in San Diego, and the dirt road would be paved and serve as U.S. Highway 80. Known as “The Boulevard,” it was a major east-west thoroughfare, teen hangout, cruising strip, and commercial center after World War II and up to the mid-1960s when Interstate 8 was completed through Mission Valley just a mile away.
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Posted on September 3, 2012, in Halls of History, History, Out & About, Photos, Then & Now and tagged city heights san diego, city of East San Diego, el cajon boulevard san diego, emma schnug house san diego. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.