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Interesting items from days gone by.

The Gopher Trapping Champion lived in Santee!!

Meet the Gopher Trapping Champion of 1927 Friday Morning, February 11, 1927 Who is the champion gopher trapper of the county?  Two Escondido ranchers started something when they put in a claim for the title, announcing that they had trapped … Continue reading

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Do you have “Bats in Your Belfry”?

Just a little language history… Do you know where the phrase “Bats in the Belfry” came from? The meaning of the word is “Crazy or eccentric”. Bats are, of course, the erratically flying mammals and ‘belfries’ are bell towers, sometimes … Continue reading

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Damming Mission Gorge

One of the biggest hassles we had was trying to keep some of these idiots from building a dam in Mission Gorge . . . A lot of land would have been flooded—Santee, Lakeside, and about a third of El … Continue reading

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Then & Now – the Journey from Greenleaf Ice Cream Parlor to Riverview Community Church

Did you know…? In 1915 the U.S. Government acquired a parcel of land at the intersections of Mission Gorge, Magnolia and Woodside Avenues. Called ‘Santee Camp’, several quartermaster units for the Army were encamped in tents at the site, which … Continue reading

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20 Years and Counting for Volunteer of the Month | News | San Diego County News Center

July 21, 2015 | 3:29pm   She’s donated 20 years of her time to the County Parks and Recreation Department and most of them went to the open space preserve. For 15 of those years she also acted as President … Continue reading

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