San Marcos (Images of America)

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By Charlie Musser

In keeping with legend, the identify San Marcos may be attributed to a bunch of Spaniards who, whereas out on a project to catch suspected horse thieves, accidently stumbled upon a stunning little valley at the banquet day of St. Mark. This little valley could stay carefully populated for future years, as a Mexican land supply tenanted by means of vaqueros, an agricultural salvation for homesteading early Californians, and the positioning of small cities that may approximately disappear among the pages of background. With the coming of the Santa Fe Railroad, eventual respectable incorporation in 1963, and non-stop development at the present time, San Marcos has shaped an id as a prospering and starting to be group that also keeps the texture of a rural small city.

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Town additionally featured a 26-room resort, run via Richard Witty, and unfastened water for using electorate. 29 At its top, Barham consisted of a normal shop, a steam flouring mill, and a whiskey mill (all owned via the Barham family), a blacksmith store, livery solid, submit workplace, and the 1st institution within the quarter, which additionally served because the church the place William Webster Borden taught after passing a “teachers try out” permitting him to coach at any place within the nation of California. Struggles continued for Barham citizens, as wheat, which citizens trusted to convey fiscal good fortune and sustainable vegetation, failed. a brand new land improvement referred to as Glen Barham, a speculative subdivision, entire with a map, obvious right here, was once touted as having adequate water “to provide a urban of 30,000 humans” yet failed at discovering traders and settlers in festival with San Marcos quite a few miles away. by means of 1889, Borden replaced his paper’s deal with to San Marcos, the submit workplace was once moved to the “thriving” city, and Barham, California, light into obscurity. 30 The first survey for the Southern California Railroad were routed throughout the unique city of San Marcos, prompting citizens to construct a educate depot. To the dismay of townsfolk, whilst building at the railroad all started, the tracks have been laid approximately and a part miles away at venture highway and Las Posas highway. For years, the city tried to attract traders with affordable charges, $15 to $35 an acre, and “no saloons,” as obvious within the bulletin. whereas the “gentle sea breeze” was once friendly, the city used to be floundering as a result of its distance from the railroad. In 1901, citizens dragged the 4 major city constructions by way of groups of mules to give undertaking street and Pico street to be adjoining to the teach tracks. via 1906, the teach depot used to be moved via steam engine and put simply around the highway, south of city. 31 By 1908, the city of San Marcos was once set in its situation, the place it'll stay for stable. This view is asking south alongside project street, which cuts around the photo with Pico road at the left. within the heritage is the Mahr dwelling house on the base of Mount Whitney. The San Marcos Rooming home is obvious the following in 1905, supplying “meals and rooms,” which took where of the overlooked lodge left again within the “old city. ” The wagon is owned by way of a touring salesman, promoting frozen meat to provide the boarding condominium with sufficient nutrition for plenty of site visitors. 32 In 1907, citizens equipped the San Marcos advertising membership, a fundraising crew whose first activity was once to elevate cash to construct the recent, two-story San Marcos shop and put up place of work. This photo could have been taken close to beginning day, because the lettering continues to be displayed in fabric and consumers are wearing their Sunday most sensible. taking a look west down project highway, those boys pause whereas solving a bicycle and taking part in horseshoes to pose for an area photographer. at the left is an idle boxcar, situated close to a warehouse owned by way of the Escondido Feed and Grain corporation, in addition to a pole used for cell traces. Bicycle helmets and jaywalking legislation had now not but been invented.

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