Joseph O'Brien 8 p.m., Oct. 18
- Elisha Babcock, c. 1890
Coronado Was Once a Wedding Gift
Pancho from The Cisco Kid inherited peninsula from his parents
- “The ‘Island’ or Peninsula of San Diego, 1846-1890”
- KENNETH JAMES LARSEN MASTER’S THESIS USD, SCENES FROM CORONADO HISTORY
- “A steam ferry between San Diego and that limb of the Peninsula opposite the town — a distance of about 1500 yards.
- “A tramway direct from the landing place across the Peninsula to the ocean
- At the time of Don Pedro and Josefa’s wedding gift, Leo Carillo’s father, Juan, son of Pedro and Josefa, was four years old. Leo Carillo, who played Pancho on the TV series The Cisco Kid, claimed that Coronado Island was rightfully his, thanks to the land grant his grandfather received from Pico in 1846.
- When Don Carillo claimed the land, “thousands of black brant or geese recently departed their winter gathering spot, and now curlews, willets, dowitchers, and snipe waded along the shoreline. Sandy soil nearby gave rise to a dense growth of Spanish Bayonet — a stiff, short-trunked plant with rigid, spine-tipped leaves — and lemonade berry, an evergreen shrub or small tree with white or pink flowers. Tough sumac brush and cactus also grew abundantly on the ‘island.’ ”
- Almost one-third of the Mexican grants had passed into the hands of Americans before March
- The original grantees found state and federal taxes in Southern California high for the benefits of mail service and police protection received; the relatively inflexible land taxes were especially disadvantageous to large Southern California landholders.
- Coronado is the past participle of the verb coronar, to crown. The Spanish word for beach, la playa, is feminine in gender, and the owners changed the Spanish modifier coronada to fit with the English word ‘beach.’
- There may have been an ancient Spanish coin called a coronada. The coin supposedly had a crown engraved on it and was worth about one-seventh of a silver real
- In 1887, San Diego attempted to tax Coronado, a community worth over $1,000,000. “Island residents, who numbered about 1000, won segregation from San Diego and, in 1890, voted to incorporate.
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