Mission Bay of Yesteryear

by on July 10, 2009 · 6 comments

in Environment, History, San Diego

There’s a growing interest in our neighborhood in historic photographs of our little corner of the world.  Check out these aerial shots of Mission Bay and surrounding areas – taken before it was dredged, while it was being dredged, and then later.

Imagine what the bay – then a lagoon – would have looked like before the Spanish arrived.  The Spanish called it Baia Falsa – as it looked like a bay but was very shallow.  In the Fifties, the City decided to dredge it and build it up as a giant waterpark.

Viewing these images gives you knowledge and a historical background to this area. Knowledge is power.

If you’d like to see more, let us know.

Don’t forget to click on the images to get a larger view.

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Frank Gormlie July 10, 2009 at 9:36 am

These photos are for Wireless Mike, Gary, Dave, Pat, mr fresh and every freakin’ history nut out there. Check them out. They have lots of details that you NEVER even knew about.


Molly July 10, 2009 at 10:39 am

looks as if the west side of mission bay was developed first.


Pat July 10, 2009 at 12:01 pm

The term False Bay or (spanish equivalent) was coined by Sebastian Vizcaino in his diary 1602.


Wireless Mike July 10, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Great pictures, Frank. I’ll have to spend some time studying them, I love this stuff!

There is no Nimitz Blvd, but the slough it was built on is filled in. In the 4th picture, all of Collier Park is still intact and undeveloped except for the old Soapbox Derby track that ran behind where Correia Middle School now stands.

The 5th picture looks like the old city landfill that was just east of present-day Sea World. I remember going there with my Dad to take stuff to the dump. The old road along the jetty is now the bike trail alongside Sea World Drive.

These pictures are bringing back some early memories. Keep ’em coming.


Dave Gilbert July 10, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Thanks Frank, keep putting these gems up! Though they’re before my time, I love seeing how my home town developed.

Wireless Mike mentioned a dump or landfill East of where Sea World is now and while I had heard about it, it’s funny (peculiar) how Sea World drive has all those dips in it. Much like how Highway 52 does where it was built over parts of the Mira Mar landfill.

Note to city engineers; don’t pave over garbage ;)


Pat July 15, 2009 at 6:48 am

Hey history nuts. The Ocean Beach Historical hosts it’s general meeting 7pm thursday evening at the Pt. Loma Methodist Church.
Our local pottery history. You don’t need to be a member to attend.
Also OB historical walk saturday July 18 meet at the OB Library 10am.
Suggested donation $3 members $5 non members.
More info at http://www.obhistory.wordpress.com.


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