Save Our Heritage Organisation
Reflections Quarterly Newsletter
Summer 2006 - Volume 37, Issue 2
The last vestiges of this once-proud western boom town, which boasted the most modern watch factory in the West, the famous Daneri winery, a Wells Fargo Office, a railroad and a street of false front buildings surrounded by Victorian homes and farms, is being threatened by a theme-park scheme in nearby Chula Vista. Whatever was left by the Hatfield Flood of 1916 and decades of commercial development may now be wiped out by insensitivity and indifference. All that remains of this important San Diego community are four scattered Victorian houses, the brick Wells Fargo/post office and two churches. A new industrial development threatens two of the four homes and the churches, easily the most prominent landmarks, are being threatened with relocation. If these two projects are allowed to proceed, all sense of place will disappear and the knowledge of this important part of San Diego County's history will fade from memory and be lost forever.
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