by James N. Price
Stations of the Spreckels Empire
History: The original station was built in 1895 by San Diego, Cuyamaca & Eastern, and was torn down in the 1940s after service ceased. The present building was constructed about one block north of the original site in 1986. This new Lemon Grove trolley station, built as a duplicate of the original, is exemplary of how the nostalgia of train stations lingers on.
Present Use: Lemon Grove’s historic clone serves as a stop on the San Diego trolley line as well as the home for the city’s Chamber of Commerce.
Location: The station sits on the west side of Lemon Grove Avenue just north of Broadway, about one block north of the giant lemon.