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