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Balboa Park, San Diego, California

San Diego Historical Landmarks

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray PhotosSan Diego Historical LandmarksSeveral years ago I found a list of San Diego’s historical landmarks and thought it would be interesting to visit all of them. As I was visiting them, I found them so interesting that I thought I would share them on my blog. Unfortunately, the old blog that I had from July 22 2008 to January 7 2012 is kaput. I thought I had retrieved my 3,800 posts but apparently some of the earliest ones are even more kaput than the blog itself. So I have to start over with my San Diego Historical Landmark series.

San Diego Historial Landmark #1 is El Prado Area Designation, receiving the historical landmark designation on September 7, 1967. It would be almost five months before Historical Landmark #2 was added to the list. It might take that long for me to go through everything that is El Prado Area Designation but I believe you’ll enjoy the journey.

Balboa Park, San Diego, CaliforniaThe El Prado Area Designation is in Balboa Park, a National Historical Landmark and a National Historic District. According to those in the know, Balboa Park is the largest “municipal urban cultural park” in the United States. Note the part in quotations because that’s important. There are a couple of larger parks, but they are not “cultural” parks. There are a couple of larger cultural parks but they are not 100% municipal. Ah the tangled webs we weave with words (ooh, I like that alliteration).

We will approach the El Prado Area Designation from the west since that’s the main entrance to Balboa Park, and touch on the history through text and pictures, pretty much in this order:

  • Balboa Park, San Diego, CaliforniaSefton Plaza
  • Cabrillo Bridge
  • San Diego Museum of Man
  • Old Globe Theatre Complex
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • Alcazar Garden
  • House of Charm
  • Mingei International Museum
  • San Diego Art Institute
  • El Cid Statue
  • Balboa Park, San Diego, CaliforniaSpreckels Organ Pavilion
  • Plaza de Panama Fountain
  • Timken Museum of Art
  • Lily Pond
  • Botanical Building
  • House of Hospitality
  • Casa del Prado
  • Casa de Balboa
  • Museum of Photographic Arts
  • Museum of San Diego History
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • Zoro Garden
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • Bea Evenson Fountain
  • San Diego Natural History Museum

I think you’ll be amazed at everything that’s in the El Prado Area Designation, and it’s only a small part of Balboa Park. The biggest part, of course, is the San Diego Zoo, which takes up 100 acres of the 1,200-acre park.

If you come to San Diego and want to see something besides our beaches, head inland just nort of downtown San Diego and spend the day in Balboa Park.

California Tower in Balboa Park, San Diego, California


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