Photograph album of Pala and San Diego County, California, 1914?

Processed by Jane Carpenter with assistance from Simon Elliott; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Photograph album of Pala and San Diego County, California
Date (inclusive): 1914?


Possible date from date on one of the photographs.
Collection number: 94/273
Physical Description: 1 album (69 photographic prints) : gelatin silver ; 26 x 35 cm (album)

Photographs are mounted, one to a page, on rectos and versos of leaves of black paper; captions in pencil on versos of only a few of the photographs; final fourteen leaves at end are blank.

Bound in brown wave-grain leather album, with blind-stamped panel on upper and lower covers; upper cover detached; manufacturer's label of the Heinn Co. of Milwaukee, Wis. affixed to inside back cover.

Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell box.
Abstract: Photographs of scenes of Pala and other areas of San Diego County, including four panorama photos, possibly taken by a member of a surveying crew around 1914.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Photograph album of Pala and San Diego County, California (Collection 94/273). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233582 

Scope and Content

The album contains numerous photos of natural landscapes, including mountains, possibly the San Jacinto Mountains and Palomar Mountain; the sequoias of Northern California, including the Calaveras Big Tree, or Pioneer's Cabin, of Calaveras Grove and Mariposa Grove; a river (the San Diego River, or San Luis Rey River?), and plains. Also included is a photo of Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra. There are shots of the town of Pala, California, and the Pala Indian Reservation, as seen in the opening panoramic photo (15 x 59 cm), as well as the historic Mission San Antonio de Pala, with its freestanding bell tower with two bells (later destroyed in a flood in 1916). Other views of missions include Mission San Juan Capistrano, located 35 miles north of San Diego, and Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in the Santa Margarita Valley. Several photos document scenes in the town or perhaps at the mission, including a group of local people, some of the surveyors (recognizable by their hats), and Pala Indians gathering to watch a tribal dance. The surveyors may have been employees of the Cuyamaca Water Company, formerly the San Diego Flume Company, owned by Colonel Ed Fletcher and Montana businessman James A. Murray between 1910 and 1926. The Cuyamaca Water Company improved the existing flume system and expanded delivery of water to communities of El Cajon, La Mesa, and East San Diego. The album contains numerous photos of the wooden flume snaking through the countryside, and across trestles, as well as concrete reservoirs, wells, windmills, and pumping stations. In some photos, construction crews appear to be digging new channels, and constructing wooden framework, and laying pipe for transporting water. Throughout the album are views of the surveyors' camp; surveying instruments--measuring poles and tripods--stand outside the tents. A shot of tents covered in snow is dated December 1914. A portrait of seven young men and women on horseback, most of them wearing surveyors' hats, suggests that women may also have worked as surveyors. The album concludes with a view of the Arroyo Seco in nearby Pasadena, as well as several urban views, possibly early views of the city of San Diego, or Los Angeles, including a beachfront hotel, with a long wooden pier; and a city street, with one building advertising the "Hotel Alhambra & Apts. The residential street of Craftsman bungalows has been identified by a sign in the photo as Cimarron Street, in the St. Vincent Extension, added in 1909 to the College Tract, a bungalow tract built by the Los Angeles Investment Company (LAIC) in Los Angeles in 1907/1908 between Vernon Ave. and 52nd St. and Granmercy and Western Avenues.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Mission San Antonio de Pala --Photographs.
Mission San Juan Capistrano --Photographs.
San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.) --Photographs.
Mono Lake (Calif.) --Photographs.
Water-supply --California --San Diego County --Photographs.
Flumes --California --San Diego County --Photographs.
Trestles --California --San Diego County --Photographs.
Reservoirs --California --San Diego County --Photographs.
Windmills --California --San Diego County --Photographs.
Waterfalls --California --San Diego County --Photographs.
Forests and forestry --California --San Diego County --Photographs.
Redwoods --California --Photographs.
Trees --California --Photographs.
Bungalows --California --Los Angeles --Photographs.
Architecture, Domestic --California --Los Angeles --Photographs.
Surveyors --California --San Diego County --Photographs.
Surveying --Instruments --Photographs.
Tents --California --San Diego County --Photographs.
San Diego County (Calif.) --Photographs.
Pala Indian Reservation (Calif.) --Photographs.
Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pala Reservation, California --Photographs.
San Luis Rey River (Calif.) --Photographs.
Pala (Calif.) --Photographs.
Arroyo Seco (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Pasadena (Calif.) --Photographs.

Genres and Forms of Material

Photographic prints.
Photograph albums.

Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

Heinn Company (Milwaukee, Wis.)

Related Material

Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94)   in UCLA Library Special Collections.