San Diego's Hysterical History: Fallout from the Skeleton's Closet

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Coda Publications, 2003 - History - 200 pages
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San Diego's Hysterical History is "Fallout from the Skeleton's Closet" written years ago by talented local newspaper editor Herbert Lockwood. Here's where you can again enjoy his tales of eccentric kooks, and the many other oddball men and women, whose antics made America's Finest City the superior attraction it is today. Begin with Jaguarina who fought from horseback with a broadsword. Visit the Stingaree where the real action was in the 1880s. Consider piracy as a fine profession for the red-blooded youth of San Diego. Meet the only Republican and his party-voting dog Patrick. Inspect the Mormon Coal Mine, which lost the City's future to seawater. Dodge noisy shot and shell of San Diego's only military battle in the bay. Meet Saw and Hatchet, perpetually loathsome and eventually happy. Flee the city in fear of bombardment from the pirate ship "Itata." Read about the Star hoax that took Los Angeles for a ride. Dive for the Solana Beach galleon's gold doubloons. Wonder about Hatfield the rainmaker who flooded it all. Then there's Tillie's ride that put Paul Revere to shame. And Tied by Wire, a genuine Western Union. Invest in the Point Loma Iron Works that had everything but materials and a market. Ask no questions about your Old Spanish lighthouse, which is neither old nor Spanish, while ducking The Flying Whale that was the fright of the city. Or worry about a hollow cavern said ready to swallow both San Diego and its harbor. Then there's Hot Air, Hot Lead, wherein the stock flew higher than the airship. Imagine San Diego's boom of 1887 when fresh oranges "grew" on cactus spines. Besides, the first Old Town Jail has not yet been paid for. Nor was the $12 million Lyceum ever built. Race the Buffaloed Elk for a $25 prize. And meet Burn, the City dog, whose picture was on every pet license. Or join the Wobblies who wanted to found a new republic south of the border. Plus dozens more amazing reports of history as it really was...and never taught in schools.

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