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Carlsbad, California



The Flower Fields of Carlsbad, California
photo courtesy of The Flower Fields

Although it's name comes from a 19th century spa in Europe, the city of Carlsbad's history includes many cultures. The Luiseno Indians lived on the shores of Carlsbad's coastal lagoon before the arrival of Don Gaspar de Portola and Fr. Juan Crespi in 1769. Blazing the trail now known as El Camino Real, they named the lagoon for posterity - Agua Hedionda, which means 'Stinking Water'.

More soldiers and priests were soon to follow as they were setting up pueblos and missions to ensure Spain's hold on this remote territory. Mission San Luis Rey was founded ten miles north of Agua Hedionda lagoon in 1798.

In 1833, after Mexico won its independence from Spain, the mission holdings were secularized. They were now available by grants from the Mexican government. Although the land grants were to be distributed to everyone, it was the influential Californios who ended up with most of them. Later this land ended up with Irish born, Robert Kelly, who, in turn, left the land to family members.

It was after World War II, that this area enjoyed a population increase due to it's proximity to Pendleton Marine base and its return of veterans to the area.

Since it's incorporation in 1952, the City of Carlsbad's population has increased almost 700 percent. The area of the city has expanded to three times its original size


Historical Sites:

Leo Carrillo Ranch - 4758 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad
Also known as Rancho de Los Kiotes, Between 1937 and 1940, these adobe and wood buildings were built by actor Leo Carrillo as a retreat, working ranch, and tribute to old California culture and architecture. The Leo Carrillo Ranch, with its Flying 'LC' brand, originally covered 2,538 acres and was frequented by Carrillo and his friends until 1960. Leo Carrillo was a strong, positive, and well-loved role model who sought to celebrate California's early Spanish heritage, through a life of good deeds and charitable causes.

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