It was apparently quite a party for its day.
“Nuevo’s Town Hall” was the headline on an item in the San Diego Union on Saturday, February 24, 1894.
The subject was a dedication celebration for a new town hall two days previously, on Washington’s Birthday.
“It is reported to have been the most noteworthy event that has transpired in the interior for years,” proclaimed the Union article. “There were fully a thousand persons present, including representatives from this city and from every locality within a radius of a half-day’s drive of Nuevo, and all were entertained in a manner that will cause the pretty little town of Nuevo to be remembered.”
To those of you out there who may not quite be able to place the location of the “pretty little town of Nuevo,” here’s another clue from the article: “The hall was donated to the town by Augustus Barnett, a wealthy rancher of the neighborhood, and is to be under the care of a board of trustees selected by the citizens.
Still stumped? Well, you may not recognize the name because the name was changed not long after the building was dedicated. The hall, in fact, survives to this day as the Ramona Town Hall. The hall celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1994 and still functions as a community gathering place, still run by a board of local trustees. It’s also been proclaimed a county, state and national historic landmark, and is well worth a visit. Find out more at the website: http://ramonatownhall.com/ .
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