Los Angeles to San Diego
Santa Fe Railway Trip Log

LOS ANGELES Alt. 318; pop. 1,904,000. Los Angeles County has 3,155,000 inhabitants. Founded Sept. 4, 1781, as the “City of the Angels”, second town officially incorporated (1850) in California, Territory of United States. General Fremont raised the Stars and Stripes here in 1846. In addition to the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Southern California and Occidental College, there are hundreds of other public schools. No city of its size has such extensive urban and interurban railways, all electric. Los Angeles harbor is now one of the greatest in the world. Its growth has been phenomenal, and the Santa Fe Ry. has built an extension 12 miles long to make Los Angeles Harbor one of its Pacific Terminals. Hollywood, suburb of Los Angeles, is film capital of the world. Additional studios at Burbank and Culver City.

SANTA FE SPRINGS 13 miles from Los Angeles; alt. 280; pop. 200. Scene of sensational oil development beginning in October, 1921. At peak of oil activity population exceeded 2000. Production area amounted to 1650 acres with 500 wells. The field was one of the world's largest producers of high gravity oil.

FULLERTON 23 miles from Los Angeles; alt. 161; pop. 13,500. Valencia orange orchards, walnuts and oil wells. There are 22 industrial and citrus packing plants, with capital of $3,000,000. Annual output of field and orchard products over $10,000,000, utilizing 2600 employees with annual payroll of $3,000,000.

ANAHEIM 26 miles from Los Angeles; alt. 138; pop. 14,500. Founded 1857 as co-operative colony by Germans from San Francisco. Center Valencia orange culture. Citrus anti walnut packing, chemicals and paints, tomato cannery.

ORANGE 31 miles from Los Angeles; alt. 172; pop. 11,500. Citrus groves, citrus and walnut packing. Copper wire, cable, rope plants. Cotton mills, gold beating.

SANTA ANA 34 miles from Los Angeles; alt. 135; pop. 46,630. County Seat of Orange County. Orange and lemon packing houses, manufacturing of citrus by- products, farm machinery, woolens, china, sugar, glass products, fruit juices, jellies and jams. Bower's Museum, Botanic Gardens, excellent recreation in nearby mountains and beaches.

IRVINE 41 miles from Los Angeles; alt. 197; pop. 7300. (including E1 Toro Marine Corps Air Station). Irvine Ranch--25,000 acres under citrus, beans, sugar beets, grain, hay, flax, nuts, garden produce. Live stock. Near Laguna Beach.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO 56 miles from Los Angeles; alt. 104; pop. 1,400. English walnuts, barley, beans, oranges, cattle raising. Center pottery manufacturing industries. San Juan Capistrano Mission, established by Father Serra in 1776, partly destroyed by earthquake in 1812, restored by Landmark Club and local priest in charge; 3 miles south is Pacific Ocean.

OCEANSIDE 85 miles from Los Angeles; alt. 60; pop. 13,000. Summer and winter resort, sport fishing pier, 3 miles of finest sandy beach. Unusually mild climate. Gateway to Palomar Observatory and world's most powerful telescope. Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps base, and U.S. Naval Hospital. San Luis Rey Mission, founded 1798, 4 miles east; San Antonio de Pala Mission, 25 miles. Warner's Hot Springs, 50 miles east. Mr. Ecclesia, headquarters Rosicrucian Fellowship. Important winter and summer vegetable growing district. Santa Fe branch to Escondido and Fallbrook.

CARLSBAD 88 miles from Los Angeles; alt. 41; pop. ,4,200. S. D. Army and Navy Military Academy. California Carlsbad Mineral Springs Hotel. Bulbs, flowers, fruits, vegetables grown commercially. Five miles to San Luis Rey Mission.

ENCINITAS 90 miles lrom Los Angeles; alt. 9; pop. 6,006. Most equable climate in U. S. Home of “Encinitas Mid-Winter Flower and Fruit Show.” Noted for bathing beaches, fresh and salt water fishing, avocados and other tropical fruits.

CARDIFF 100 miles from Los Angeles; alt. 44; pop. 1,000. (Cardiff-by-the-Sea) Residential area, ocean bathing, fishing, sub-tropical flowers and plants grown.

SOLANA BEACH 101 miles from Los Angeles; alt. 65; pop. 2,000. Gateway for more than 20 square rniles of irrigation land famous for avocados and vegetables. Distribution of oil, lumber, building supplies, etc. Public bathing beach.

DEL MAR 102 miles from Los Angeles; alt. 123; pop. 975. Bathing beach and fishing pier; famous Torrey Pines. Rancho Santa Fe, country estates and site of The Inn, 5 miles. Del Mar Race Track and Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course. Luxurious Hotel Del Mar. San Diego County Fair Grounds, Del Mar Airport.

LINDA VISTA 111 miles /rom Los Angeles; alt. 377. Station for Camp Kearney, Camp Elliott and Camp Miramar.

SAN DIEGO 126 miles from Los Angeles; alt. 13 to 500; pop. 370,000. On San Diego Bay, discovered in 1542 by Cabrillo and named in 1602 by Viscaino; harbor area of 22 square miles. Headquarters of 11th Naval District and home port of large part of U. S. Navy. $300,000,000 invested in Naval shore establishments. County seat of San Diego county. Site of first Mission in California, built in 1769. Across bay is city of Coronado, with famous Hotel del Coronado, and Navy's greatest aviation base at North Island. San Diego has 485 industrial plants, including six tuna canneries and three major aicraft companies. Municipal airport, Lindbergh Field, served by three major airlines. City is built around 1400-acre Balboa Park, containing third largest zoo in world, several museums and full recreational facilities. Fine beach resorts in City include La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and Ocean Beach.

from circa 1950 Santa Fe Railway Coast Line Brochure

 

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