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Sara Kazemi March 9, 2007 History 110 Section 14 The Village: La Mesa’s Core The Village (downtown La Mesa) marks the early beginnings of the larger area of La Mesa. People had begun to settle in this area because it provided the only water source for miles--springs. And so the area was known as Allison’s Springs after Robert Allison (today he has a street named after him), a settler from Illinois who who had purchased the land in 1868 to operate a ranch and rest stop. Allison’s Springs would later be referred to as La Mesa Springs when Robert Allison’s son, Joseph Allison, and A.S. Crowder made the new town official in 1894. The name would not be shortened to La Mesa until after its transformation into a residential community when it was incorporated as a city in 1912. At the turn of the 20th century, La Mesa still remained a relatively agricultural community; only a handful of houses could be seen from Date Avenue and Lookout Boulevard (present-day La Mesa Boulevard). Population growth began slowly in 1885 La Mesa during the land boom offset by the
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Unformatted text preview: development of San Diegan railroads and water supplies. Rapid changes in population growth were not seen until 1906 when San Diegan investors Sherman C. Grable and Charles C. Park developed 1,000 lots from the 200 acres of land purchased from David Collier (a land developer for whom Collier Park is named). Craftsman style California bungalows became the typical housing developments of these lots. The Craftman style, being built from local and natural materials, encouraged simplicity and the visibility of handicraft but also craftmanship and originality. The style was meant to dignify the more modest home, appealing to the rapidly growing middle class. This suggests that Grable and Park appealed to the middle class (some of which who were merchants) market--those looking to invest in and profit from the land boom. Charles, Birkett V. "The Fiftieth Year." The Journal of San Diego History 8 (1962). 06 Mar. 2007 <http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/62october/fiftieth.htm>....
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