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Gov’t shutdown cancels Cabrillo Centennial events

CabrilloCentennialWith the federal government shutdown closing all National Park Service units, the 100th anniversary weekend at Cabrillo National Monument has been canceled. While there was a whole slate of events planned for the weekend closest to the actual centennial, including a “Lights Up the Night” fundraising gala, the celebration of a century of San Diego’s only National Park Service unit will have to wait.

With the Cabrillo National Monument website shutdown, the private Cabrillo National Monument Foundation website has the info on when the Lights Up the Night fundraiser will be moved (trying for March 2014), and has info for those who already purchased tickets.

No word yet on when other centennial events will be held. Cabrillo National Monument was established on October 14, 1913 by President Woodrow Wilson, reserving a half-acre of land at Fort Rosecrans for the site of a statue honoring Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.

Cabrillo National Monument to celebrate 100th anniversary in October

Cabrillo statue, Cabrillo National MonumentCabrillo National Monument celebrates its centennial as a National Park Service unit with a three-day extravaganza October 12-14, 2013. I’m so bummed that I will be out of town and won’t be able to make it to this big event, including a gala event on the evening of the 13th, and a big public party on the 14th for the actual anniversary. Get more information at

The Cabrillo National Monument Foundation ( is hosting much of the festivities, and also has some cool centennial souvenirs available.

While the original intent of the National Monument was to provide space for a statue of the Portuguese explorer Juan Cabrillo, the National Monument also houses the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, which can be toured – though the top of the lighthouse tower is only open two days a year: August 25 (National Park Service anniversary) and November 15 (the lighthouse’s anniversary). There’s also great tidepooling and hiking to be found on the site, and of course, great views of both the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay.

Ballast Point landmarks open to the public on Sept. 29 for Cabrillo festival

The annual Cabrillo Festival is coming at the end of September! The festival celebrates the anniversary of the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in San Diego Harbor. In 2013, the Festival will be held September 28 and 29, with the re-enactment of Cabrillo’s landing at Ballast Point (inside Naval Base Point Loma) to be held on the 29th. There’s a whole free festival celebrating the cultures of Native Americans, Portugal, Spain, and Mexico from 11 am to 4 pm, with the re-enactment at 1 pm. Get more details at

Ballast Point at the Point Loma Naval Base has several California Historical Landmark markers commemorating several historic sites that are now all located within the Navy’s property. Public access to the military base and these historical landmarks is pretty limited – but there is one day a year when this historical landmark plaza is readily available: during the Cabrillo festival.


Plaques for No. 50 (Ballast Point Whaling Station), No. 56 (Cabrillo Landing Site), No. 62 (Fort Rosecrans), and No. 69 (Site of Fort Guijarros) are all located in a semi-circle at the southern end of the naval base, where Fort Rosecrans Boulevard loops back to become Guijarros Road at Ballast Point. Don’t forget that there’s also a historical landmark at the entrance gate to Naval Base Point Loma: No. 61 (Old La Playa) – there’s also a La Playa Trail marker at this spot as well.

PBS to replay ‘California Forever’ – History of CA’s state parks

Just saw this on the California State Parks twitter (@CAStateParks): the documentary, California Forever, which first aired last year on PBS, will be running again next week. Part One is about the history of California’s State Parks and will be on August 28, at 8 PM. For more info, check out the page on, or check out the KPBS (San Diego) schedule.

And yes, I know I haven’t updated much over the summer, but I haven’t forgotten about this blog!

Update: Track my articles & photos with the “Visited So Far” link

I did a little revamp of how this blog is organized – now it is easier to keep track of which landmarks I’ve visited, and if I’ve posted articles and links to photo albums about them. Just use the Visited So Far page at the top to see which landmark locations I’ve documented on this blog!

The San Diego County page will still list all the landmarks in San Diego County, as well as when I visited them, but if you just want to get a handy table of contents of my posts about individual landmarks, then the Visited So Far page is the way to go.

If you notice, I’ve got a lot more photo albums linked right now than I do have full articles written, so you can go to the Visited So Far page to check out photos for places I’ve visited but not written up yet, such as:

See any National Park for free during National Park Week (April 22-26)

Next week is National Park Week, and while most of our National Park Service units are always free, next week, even the fee-access areas are free from April 22 to April 26! I think I may head down to Cabrillo National Monument to enjoy the views, and of course, find any California historical landmarks!

Get more info:

Link: State Parks moving California’s artifact collection to new location

Just spotted this in the LA Times:

(And yes, there’s the connection between this new government warehouse and Indiana Jones.)

Five new National Monuments established!

Just announced today: Five new national monuments have been established, including Delaware’s first National Park Service unit (making them the last state to have a NPS unit)

Read more about the five new national monuments:

  • Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • First State National Monument in Delaware, (three sites)
  • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland
  • Río Grande del Norte National Monument, northwest of Taos, New Mexico
  • San Juan Islands National Monument, Washington
  • While this blog is primarily about California Historical Landmarks, these new National Monuments are something to celebrate for helping connect us with history and nature.