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Coronado: The Enchanted Island is a wonderful pictorial history of the unique resort community of Coronado, California. Coronado's historical figures come alive in the photographs and text of this work. One can step through the pages of history from the island's first inhabitants to the building of the grand Hotel del Coronado to the opening of the peninsula via the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. This book is a superb addition to any home library and is a remarkable reference for all those interested in California history.
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Katherine Eitzen Carlin, a native of Pensacola, Florida moved to Coronado in 1928 after her marriage to Thomas Carlin in 1926. When Commander Carlin passed away in 1967, Katherine, already involved in local activities, helped found the Coronado Historical Association and in 1971, became historian, all the while gathering data about the history of Coronado. Katherine Carlin passed away in 1986, without seeing a book she hoped to write about Coronado's history. Through the efforts of the Carlin children, Mary and Tom, the dream of a book about the Enchanted Island is finished. Dr. Ray Brandes, a native of Coronado, received his doctorate at the University of Arizona, focusing his work on the history of the American West and historic site archaeology. He retired from the University of San Diego in 1997, after more than 30 years as a Dean and Professor of History. He has authored twenty-one books and published in such magazines as Arizona Highways, Executive Magazine, and Mankind. His most recent works are a three-volume history of the Lane Field and Westgate PCL San Diego Padres baseball teams.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
During the summer months especially, Coronado was a favorite place for swimming and bathing. Boats and trains carrying visitors were filled at every trip. People rented bathing suits and used tent showers to wash off the salt water....Land sales boomed during the summer months of 1887, and the Beach Company gave reductions of 20% to those who would buy a lot and build a home before September 15....Among the promotional inducements were free ferry rides to prospects; free railroad excursions from Los Angeles and San Francisco; and a tour by horse and carriage around the island for potential clients.
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