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~ La Jolla : a brief history ~

~ by katherine & anastasios ~
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Artifacts have been found throughout La Jolla over the decades , indicating that Native Americans settled along the shoreline nearly 10.000 years ago .
Archaeologists have found stone utensils and Indian metates .
Unfortunately , the remains are small and scattered , leaving historians unclear about the fate of these earliest inhabitants .

La Jolla's name is a somewhat controversial subject among town historians .
No one knows where the name originated - whether it comes from the Spanish word La Joya ( which means " the jewel " ) or from the Indian term Woholle ( meaning " hole in the mountains " ) , an appropriate name considering the caves and rock formations along La Jolla's shoreline .
The name has appeared in all land grant and mission records since 1928 and in scattered documents at least back to 1870 when they appeared spelled "L-a-J-o-y-a" .

Τhe lands of La Jolla became incorporated as part of San Diego in 1850 .
However , there were no permanent settlers in this section of town until 19 years later when two brothers , Daniel and Samuel Sizer , each bought a plot here .
The city of San Diego sold these 80 acre plots for the price of $ 1.25 per acre .
Little did the Sizer brothers know that their plots of land , located between present-day Fay street and La Jolla boulevard , would be worth nearly $ 2 million per acre by 2000 .
When Frank Botsford arrived in San Diego in 1886 , he wrote in his diary , " Magnificent day at La Jolla ! " .
Like the Sizer brothers , Botsford purchased a plot of land and began developing it .
With the help of George Heald , who purchased one-quarter interest of the property , Botsford surveyed and subdivided the land .
Although Botsford could not find drinkable water in the area , he was still able to auction pieces of the land .
Botsford's foresightedness earned him the title of "Father of La Jolla" .

In the 1890's , the railroad extended to La Jolla , enabling additional growth .
Around this time , real estate developers began to take an interest in the coastal property of La Jolla , constructing resorts to attract visitors from San Diego and the inland region .
La Jolla park hotel opened its doors in 1893 and cottage-style homes began to appear along Prospect street and Girard avenue .
Ιt was during this time that La Jolla first became an artist colony and when newspaper heiress Ellen Browning Scripps settled here .
She was extraordinarily generous with her wealth and her name is on a number of landmarks and institutions here in La Jolla , in San Diego and scattered around Southern California , including the Scripps institute of Oceanography and Ellen Browning Scripps park .

La Jolla has grown dramatically from its 350 residents in 1900 .
From 1900 to 1920 , tourism became the economic base of La Jolla .
With the end of the First World War , La Jolla grew to 4.000 .
During this era , the beach cottage look began to give way to the elegant California Spanish style .
As elsewhere in the nation , the 1929 stock market crash devastated development in La Jolla and only a few houses were built until after World War 2 .
When the War began , 7.700 people called La Jolla home - after the War , many service members came back to settle in La Jolla and large subdivisions began sprouting up on the mountain slopes and old horse trails were paved over .
By 1960 , there were over 17.000 people living in La Jolla .
Today , there are over 40.000 people living here .

As La Jolla's appeal as a seaside location grew the century , it became one of the most popular destinations on the West Coast , attracting naturalists , beachcombers , swimmers , divers , and surfers .
Additionally , the favorable winds that swept over the hills and cliffs overlooking La Jolla made it a preferred site for flying sailplanes , and Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh learned to fly gliders at mt. Soledad and Torrey Pines .
La Jolla also is proud to have been home to a number of notable individuals in the arts , sports , and sciences .
Cliff Robertson , Gregory Peck , Raquel Welch , Dr. Francis Crick , Theodore Geisel , ( more famously known as Dr. Seuss ) , and Doug Flutie all either were born in La Jolla or have called it home .

Remnants of La Jolla's early settlers are still evident throughout the town , from the names of key institutions to the eclectic form of architecture which has evolved over the decades .
La Jolla is host to world-renowned research institutions , breathtaking beaches , distinguished art galleries , and top-notch restaurants .
The citizen of La Jolla are some of the most actively engaged in all of San Diego , advocating for or against numerus causes that effect their community .
The La Jolla Historical Society is one organization that benefits from their involvement and continues to partner with the community as a resource for learning and gaining a greater appreciation of their heritage .
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