By Charlie Musser

In accordance with legend, the identify San Marcos will be attributed to a bunch of Spaniards who, whereas out on a venture to seize suspected horse thieves, accidently stumbled upon a stunning little valley at the banquet day of St. Mark. This little valley may stay carefully populated for future years, as a Mexican land provide tenanted by way of vaqueros, an agricultural salvation for homesteading early Californians, and the positioning of small cities that might approximately disappear among the pages of historical past. With the arriving of the Santa Fe Railroad, eventual respectable incorporation in 1963, and non-stop development this present day, San Marcos has shaped an id as a prospering and turning out to be neighborhood that also keeps the texture of a rural small city.

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Seventy three While San Marcos used to be continually touted for its temperate climate with out extremes of scorching or chilly, snow has been recorded a minimum of 3 times within the area’s heritage. the 1st got here in January of 1882, while Robert Kelly said chilly northwest wind blew in, turning the San Marcos Hills white for 2 weeks and inflicting 2,000 head of sheep to die. His son Charles Kelly mentioned that whereas out using mules with John Barham and John Isbell, snow can be visible on Catalina seventy four Island. the second one, yet first authentic recorded snow, fell in 1949, pictured above taking a look north from Valpreda highway. The 3rd and most modern storm from snow dropped approximately 3 ft in 1967. checklist extreme temperature days may have appeared just like the picture under, taking a look south simply west of Palomar university towards the Cerro de las Posas Mountains. seventy five On New Year’s Day 1950, the San Marcos put up workplace moved to a brand new position in the Serendipity Mall off San Marcos street. In 1959, a similar yr of this photo, Albert Richardson, who may turn into postmaster in 1973, begun operating for the publish workplace. Richardson, proven right here round 1978, recalled that one among his strangest deliveries concerned a beekeeper up close to Mount Whitney. “During the bee season, he’d send as many as 50 to 60 containers of bees . . . a bit of greater than a shoebox,” he stated. The bins jam-packed with dwell bees have been shipped to la, yet there could constantly be “tag alongside bees outdoor the put up office,” Richardson stated, including that “one field broke open within the l. a. publish workplace. ” seventy six Seven Making It reputable In July 1960, the group of San Marcos was once nonetheless unincorporated and had a inhabitants of roughly 3,000 humans. That month, development started on a highway operating among Oceanside and Escondido, nation road seventy eight. having a look north, this photo from 1965 exhibits the finished highway on the most sensible of the image with undertaking highway working adjoining throughout the middle. seventy seven This photo appears to be like in the direction of Desolation apartments, the world with the bottom elevation in San Marcos. A vehicle drives west alongside San Marcos side road, which cuts horizontally during the heart of the photo, close to Discovery highway and through Vera Cruz, then often called Arctic road. surprisingly, this quarter will be one of many best elements in San Marcos’s selection to include as a urban in 1963. With Escondido thriving and encroaching upon the realm, citizens feared annexation seventy eight of water rights (as the realm is topic to flooding and water assortment alongside San Marcos Creek), besides railroad land. additionally fearing annexation from Vista, the town of San Marcos integrated as a “general legislation urban of 3,200 individuals” on January 28, 1963, simply 4 hours after the professional incorporation of Vista. seventy nine The first mayor of San Marcos used to be William Buelow, who held the 1st urban council conferences at the moment flooring of his barbershop at 316 challenge highway. Buelow recollected, “We couldn’t come up with the money for desks and chairs, so we sat at the back of a picnic desk on a wood bench. ” the 1st urban clerk used to be Betty Ferguson, at the moment the longest tenured, and primary woman, urban professional.

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