Exploring San Diego


Exploring San Diego: A nostalgic drive through old Skyline-Paradise Hills

Posted at 6:05 PM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 21:20:31-04

(KGTV) -- Rolling hills and canyons, and picturesque views of San Diego's skyline, Coronado, and the Pacific Bay.

It's why this area is named Skyline-Paradise Hills.

The two scenes you're watching are a side-by-side comparison of an eastbound trip down skyline drive -- the left shows you the neighborhood today, and on the right...That's what it looked like in the 1970s.

The Skyline-Paradise Hills was discovered in 1769 during Father Junipero Serra's visit to the south San Diego bay.

Lemon orchards and olive groves grew plentiful across the terrain.

The area, then known as Rancho Del Ray, or King's Ranch, included National City, Chula Vista, and Skyline-Paradise Hills -- all part of the Spanish Colonial Empire

Spaniards used the land as pasture for the Presidio of San Diego.

City records say that in 1916, the Encanto area, including the Skyline portion of the community, was annexed to the city, becoming the first territory added to San Diego's original pueblo lands.

These images consists of film created by the transportation and storm water department from January to October 1970. Described as a photolog by the department, each reel of 35mm color film was taken by a camera attached to a car driving down the street, according to the San Diego City Clerk's office. The individual reels were converted to a digital version by the City Clerk’s archives.

Enjoy this Exploring San Diego trip from the 1970s