I have many “Images of America” in my library. They are little booklets, 125 pages or so, about the smaller places in America that probably didn’t make the books about the big cities. They are published by Arcadia Publishing (online at www.arcadiapublishing.com). It is such a successful series that there are now many similar publications, from self-publishers to city historical associations.
These little books are wonderful glimpses in the American past, and Arcadia Publishing is great a not only providing permission to use their pictures in a post like this, but if you ask nicely, and sometimes even if you don’t ask at all, they’ll offer to provide JPG files of the pictures in the books so that you don’t have to take a picture of a picture.
One book in my collection, published by the San Diego Police Historical Association, is this one:
I met the author, Gary E. Mitrovich, three years ago shortly after I bought the book. He also graciously provided permission to use the pictures in the book in a post like this but he didn’t have JPG files to provide. So pictures of pictures it is.
East San Diego was a short-lived city, previously known as the San Diego neighborhood of City Heights. It voted for incorporation on November 2, 1912, by a vote of 288 to 212, and officially became East San Diego on November 7. On June 26, 1923, a vote was held in East San Diego to determine if the city wanted to be annexed by San Diego. By a vote of 1,344 to 1,109, East San Diego declared an end to its experiment as a city. At noon on December 23, 1923, East San Diego once again became the San Diego neighborhood of City Heights, which it is to this day.
On page 75 is a picture of the Bank of East San Diego, located at 4246 University Avenue:
The Bank of East San Diego was established on June 25, 1923, and opened its doors for business on August 11, 1923. You already know that the city of East San Diego ceased to exist in December 1923. I could not find when the bank closed, but it was still listed as an operating bank in a 1925 directory of City Heights.
The building was restored in 2004 and looked like this in May 2010:
Nancy’s Pub closed in 2011 and the building now houses the Black Cat Bar. I’m wanting to go inside to see if if the old vault still exists, and if I can have a drink in it. I remember when I lived in Houston back in 1977-1983, there was an old bank that had been converted into a bar, and the bar in the vault was the coolest thing.
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