Ocean Beach in Lakeside

The Lakeside Historical Society celebrated the centennial of the land speed record set by Barney Oldfield around Lindo lake. Historical societies from around San Diego were there to join in the festivities which featured racing cars from the turn of the century.The woman dressed in outfits of that time period and the cars did “victory” laps throughout the day. Many were surprised the see “Ocean Beach” in Lakeside… so we took some good natured ribbing. Most people had a story or two to tell about their stay or visit in OB. OBHS Board Members Kathy & Ray Blavatt were manning the booth with Pat & Susan James paying a visit. “It was nice to meet the other historical societies.” National City woman were dress in their finery with elaborate hats, something to see. Thank you to the Lakeside Historical Society members for all the hard work to pull this event off, especially since the recent fires – so Ocean Beach tips its hat to Lakeside.

More photos & info will follow- Lakeside Historical Society Lakeside Speedway Centennial

OB Historic Walk was full of facts & memories

JULY 14, 2007— What an interesting history we have!
Looking forward to next years.

Start of OB Historical Walking Tour 2007

Start of OB Historical Walking Tour 2007

Start of OB Historical Walking Tour 2007,
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Pursuing History on Newport Avenue, By Carol Bowers

We are fortunate that here in Ocean Beach many of our buildings date back to the early 1900s although they may have changed hands during the years. OB history buffs (most noticeably Ruth Held) have written about the early years and we have also accumulated old periodicals and writings thanks to the establishment of our Ocean Beach Historical Society archives directed by Mary Allely.
Every summer we present our Newport Avenue Historic Walk where, for a small fee of $3, residents and visitors can experience the Ocean Beach of yesteryear narrated by two gentlemen who have lived here most of their lives: George Cunningham & Ned Titlow.

OB Exposed Show Report

Honored Guests


Honored Guests,
The May 17, 2007— OB Exposed Photo Exhibit Reception, had a surprise 88th birthday celebration for our own beloved “Buford the Clown and Candy Man”. John Noble’s family ate cake and wished Buford a Happy Birthday.

At the May 17, Receptoin, impressions of Ocean Beach and Point Loma filled the Masonic Center on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. with some late arrivals to help fill out the show. We felt OB Exposed was a smashing success with special guests Noah Tafolla (Wonderland fame), and Noah’s musician father John, who played at the event.
Thanks to our humorous emcee, Ken Kramer (About San Diego, Sun. 6:30pm, Channel 7/39).
Special thanks to the the judges: Tom Shrugrue, Ed Frey & Birdie Carter; and Claudia Jack and the Masonic Lodge for the use of the facility. We appreciate all the wonderful photographers and volunteers who made OB Exposed a night to remember. Award winning photos are on exhibit at the OB Library.


35th Anniversary of Point Loma Native Plant Reserve

The Point Loma Community Garden, San Diego River Park Foundation & Point Loma Native Plant Reserve held the “River Days 2007”. The speakers gave oral history of the area as well as mapping out the future. The park itself was formed in 1972 after having the city designate or actually redesignate the land (area of Collier Park was originally 60 acres but when Nimitz Blvd. was built park was divided. 20 acres set aside to become Collier Park with land opposite side of Nimitz eventually becoming Cleator Park (1990’s). History of Collier his involvement (including this park) can be found at SanDiegoHistory.org ( link to Collier history here ).