Oceanside History Timeline


1798               Mission San Luis Rey Founded


1815               Present day church building completed


1834               Secularization of Mission property


1860s             Mission San Luis Rey falls into ruins


1870s             Township of San Luis Rey - early pioneer families move into valley


1882               Railroad construction begins from Riverside to San Diego


1883               Andrew Jackson Myers applies for Homestead Grant on what is now downtown Oceanside


1886               First church built, the Congregational Church on First (Seagaze) and Ditmar


1887               Bank of Oceanside is built along with the South Pacific Hotel


1888               City of Oceanside incorporates July 3, 1888


                        First pier is built on the end of Couts street, now Wisconsin


                        First train depot is built


1891               First pier destroyed by storm


1894               Second pier built at the end of Third Street, now Pier View Way. 


1896               South Pacific Hotel burns down


1903               Third pier built, using railroad steel as pilings


1904               El San Luis Rey Hotel built


                        Oceanside Electric built below the bluff, provides electricity to downtown Oceanside and houses the Plunge


                        Dr. Robert S. Reid moves his family to Oceanside, longtime doctor who delivered most babies in North County for over three decades


                        Oceanside Library is established


1906               Present day Oceanside High School established


1908               Great fleet passes through Oceanside


1909               First graduating class of Oceanside High School


1911               Rosicrucian Fellowship headquartered in Oceanside


1913               Racing on beach from Oceanside to Del Mar


1916               Flood hits San Diego County


1917               First annual Bean Day


                        Hill Street is paved by Highway Commission


1918               Influenza outbreak affects San Diego County, quarantine called


1919               Prohibition begins, traffic from LA to TJ


1924               Palomar Theater Opens


1925               Old bank building torn down, new Bank of Oceanside built


1927               4th pier built


1928               Bank of Italy built


                        Strand paved


1929               First Fire Station built, designed by Irving J. Gill


1930               The Cottage Hospital opened on Second Street (Mission Ave) by Lillian Henman.


1931               The Americanization School is built by Irving J. Gill


1933               Oceanside Hospital is opened by Golda Lester Zahniser at 615 North Freeman Street


1934               New City Hall built by Irving J. Gill


1938               New Oceanside Hospital is built at Fourth (Civic Center Drive) and Summit


1942               Navy takes over Rancho Santa Margarita, Camp Joseph H. Pendleton


1946               War ends, troops return


                        Old Depot torn down, new Train Depot dedicated in December


1947               5th pier built


1950s             South Oceanside neighborhoods built and development goes eastward


1953               New Highway 101 opening


1960               Population 21,000


                        Mission Square Shopping Center – first shopping center in North County


1961               Groundbreaking for Oceanside Harbor Feb. 6


                        Tri City Hospital opened


                        Shopping center construction on Mission Avenue and Canyon Drive


                        Erwin Sklar is mayor


1962               Oceanside Fire Station No. 3 at Oceanside Blvd. open


1963               Oceanside Small Craft Harbor opened in June


                        Retirement community of Oceana developed


1964               Cornerstone laid for new Junior College, to become Mira Costa College


                        Groundbreaking for Cape Cod Village at Harbor


1966               Colonial Inn (formerly El San Luis Rey Hotel) torn down


1968               Howard Richardson is first elected mayor


1969               Vietnam War protests


                        The City population increased to 38,000


                        newly-created Convention and Visitors Bureau.


                        Ground-breaking ceremonies for A.C.D.C. for their new electronics plant.


                        Construction of Garrison Elementary beings and San Rafael opens


                        Plaza Camino Real Mall opens in March – businesses from downtown move


1970               Joe Balderrama Park opened


1971               Fire Station No. 4 on Thunder Drive


1973               Fire Station No. 5 on North River Road


1976               Heritage Park opened


                        Paul Graham Mayor


                        Pier damaged in storm, later fire destroys Pier Café


1978               Heavy rains bring flooding to San Luis Rey Valley


1987               6th Pier Opens, dedicated September 9th


                        Train Depot torn down, switching yards moved to Camp Pendleton


1988               Centennial Celebration


1990               New Oceanside Civic Center built