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Heritage Museum to Open New Rohr Aircraft Exhibit

PRESS RELEASE: The Rohr Aircraft Corporation had a profound impact on the history of Chula Vista and the aircraft industry. A new exhibit on the history of the corporation will open in the Chula Vista Heritage Museum, located in the Civic Center Library, 365 F Street, after the Friends of the Chula Vista Library annual […]

Raquel Martinez Bullfighter in Tijuana

Raquel Martinez, Female Bullfighter

  She was a petite blond who lived in Imperial Beach and graduated from Mar Vista High in 1967. She was also a bullfighter. Raquel Martinez was 22 when she left her home at 729 Cypress Avenue in 1971 and faced her first bull in the Tijuana Cortijo. She was determined to become the first […]

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Little Landers, the Utopian Agricultural Commune, Washed Out By 1916 Flood

Editor’s Note: On this day, January 27, 1916 at 5:05pm, the Lower Otay Dam broke, sending torrents of water into Otay, Sweetwater and the Tijuana river valleys. The flood caused the largest devastation in San Diego history. By Patricia Maxwell / This is Part III of a Series Little Landers was an idealistic cooperative farming […]

Otay Reservoir

When Rain Comes: A Historical Romance Novel by Patricia Maxwell

By Patricia Maxwell / This is Part II of a Series In today’s world where landing a government contract is a labyrinthian process of being vetted, investigated and scrutinized, one wonders how the San Diego council chose Charles Hatfield, a rainmaker, to fill the nearly empty Morena Reservoir with water. Life was different in 1915, […]

Otay Dam

The Rainmaker, Charles Hatfield, and the Flood of 1916

By Patricia Maxwell Today’s residents of Chula Vista have much in common with citizens of a hundred years ago. Make that a thousand years or more. Southern California has always been an arid land, with cycles of drought, interspersed with wet years every now and again. In December of 1915, San Diego’s city fathers tackled […]

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