Automobile Parties and Mighty Fine Fruit

“Mountain City in Midst of an Era of Prosperity,” proclaimed a headline on page 9 in the San Diego Union of June 1, 1910.

The article, datelined Julian, was about the just-completed Memorial Day weekend, noting that while there were no official observances in the town, “a number of automobile parties arrived and departed.”

“The machines were loaded down with San Diegans who came into the mountains to get a breath of fresh air the half-holiday of Saturday, followed by Sunday and Memorial day, giving them two and a half days for recreation.”

The visitors included San Diego Mayor Grant Conard and his family as well as numerous city and county officials. Comments were made on new road building projects and their potential for increasing visitors and new residents to the area.

“With better roads, which means better transportation,” stated the article, “it is hoped that a new interest will be taken in the mining industry.”

One other budding industry (excuse my pun) captured the newspaper reporter’s attention: “There is some talk here of the Julian people and nearby ranchers making the apple day of last year an annual event. The day last year was such a signal success, and resulted in such a general advertisement for this end of the county that the merchants and others were quick to see the advantage of such an event.”

While the crop yield for 1910 was expected to be smaller than the previous year, the article stated that “the quality will be far above that of last year, when the ranchers were enabled to exhibit some mighty fine fruit.”

Sources for this post included the website GenealogyBank.com .

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