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The Coronado Beach Company set November 11, 1887, as the anniversary celebration of its founding, even though the 13th represented the date of the original auction. The 13th in 1887 fell on a Sunday, and no one felt it socially acceptable to have celebrations on the Sabbath. This date was used as the anniversary of the founding of Coronado for the next three years, until the town was officially incorporated December 9, 1890.
November 13th, 125 years ago, was really and truly the beginning of the town of Coronado.
Sources: Coronado: The Enchanted Island, Carlin and Brandes; November 1886 issues of the San Diego Union (on microfiche in the California Room at the San Diego Central Library); Pam Crooks, Rachel Lieu, CHA Registrar/Archivist, and CHA summer staff member Jackson Crow-Mickle contributed to the research and content of this article.
Early buyers examine the many lots for sale in the late 1880s in Coronado.
Coronado Art Walk Wrap-Up
The Coronado Historical Association presented the sixth annual Coronado Art Walk on the weekend of September 17th and 18th at the Coronado Ferry Landing. The show is now a two-day affair drawing thousands to a beautiful site for an event which proved beneficial to both participating artists and the business community of Coronado. With perfect weather and the most scenic of backdrops, 102 artists in many different media sold their creations, accompanied by live entertainment throughout the show, as well as art activities for all ages. It was a delightful respite from the workday week.
This year, with a grant from the CTID, the advertising budget for the Coronado Art Walk was significantly increased, positively impacting the attendance. The Coronado Historical Association would like to express their thanks for this support, which enabled us to advertise the event more effectively. One of the artists, Trudy James, commented, “There was at least double the crowd from last year and most people came specifically for the art show, not just happened by it; it was great.”
Our very generous sponsors included the Unified Port of San Diego, Mary & Russ Johnson, the CTID (Coronado Tourism Improvement District), Gail & Bob Bardin, Courtenay McGowen, the Coronado Ferry Landing, the Coronado Eagle & Journal, Katie & Rick Moore, Chip Splinter, Jack Dale, State Farm Insurance, Charlotte & Wes Harris, Margaret Meadows, Maureen Steiner & Camille Davidson, Carrie Huber, Kristin & Pam Aldridge of Café 1134, Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa, Holland’ Bicycles, Bikes & Beyond, Coronado Art Association, Clarice & Bill Perkins, Mark Lindsay of Lindsay & Brownell, Marilyn Burchill, Beverly & Jack Clifford, Bill Gise, Pacific
Western Bank, Sets & Jan Iwashita of Coronado Island Valero, Jerry Moe of AT&T in Coronado, Dina & Millard Ochs, Mark Andrews of Andrews Capital Management, Denise Grimsley of the Coronado Beauty Salon, Claudette & Bob Harshberger, Susan Keith, Carol & Stelios Paraskevas, Ron & Vicki Beaubien, Kathy & Joseph Cuffaro and EDCO.
Our artists have said that this is the best run show of their year, and their praise is the direct result of a troop of superb volunteers, led by Francine Howard. Over 70 volunteers made sure that every detail was covered throughout the weekend.
Over 100 artists participated in the Coronado Art Walk, Sept. 17 and 18, at the Ferry Landing. CHA Board Member and Art Walk Committee Chair Courtenay McGowen (right) shows off a favorite find.
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