Booms to Burbs in Old San Diego

Did you know the City of San Diego had a local public rail transportation system as early as 1886? PanGIS occasionally uncovers remnants of this network buried beneath the streets. Using route maps and contemporaneous photographs, GIS Intern Rhiannon Killian created a story map outlining the rail networks and history of early San Diego public... Continue Reading →

Egyptian Revival and the SDERy

As a Senior Archaeologist/Historian with PanGIS, Inc., a San Diego-based environmental consulting firm, many of the projects I consult on involve the evaluation of historic resources. The evaluation process includes research of the structure (building permits, architectural components) as well as its surroundings (historic maps, neighborhood histories). We then assess whether the resource meets criteria for... Continue Reading →

SDERy Car 150 – “El Carrito”

The San Diego Electric Railway (SDERy), in service from 1891 to 1949, was responsible for the growth of several San Diego neighborhoods including North Park and Normal Heights and delivered many of the 3.7 million visitors to the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition, San Diego’s World’s Fair in Balboa Park. When the system was shut down in... Continue Reading →

5th Avenue Streetcar History – Part 2

The San Diego Streetcar Company was purchased by John D. Spreckels in January 1892 and incorporated into his newly-formed San Diego Electric Railway (SDERy). Track was re-laid to a common gauge and service began September 21, 1892. The Fifth Avenue line was one of the first to be electrified. The entire 16-mile system was converted... Continue Reading →

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