The Journal of San Diego History
SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY
Fall 1989, Volume 35, Number 4
Thomas L. Scharf, Editor
Raymond Starr, Book Review Editor
Descanso: “Place of Rest”.
By The Historical Committee of the Friends of the Descanso Library. Descanso: Friends of the Descanso Library, 1988. Maps. Illustrations. Notes. 92 Pages. Price Unavailable.
Some of the citizens of Descanso, in the foothills east of San Diego, have prepared a short history of their community. In it, they have provided a description of the area, the early white penetration in to the vicinity — Spanish, Mexican and Angló, noted especially the gold rush era, and given descriptions of local landmarks, such as the hotel, town hall, schools and churches. They have also described the residential settlements and the old water flume. They story is based on newspapers, published sources, and recollections of old timers. Descanso: “Place of Rest” is a good example of a community history, and we can look forward to a projected second volume which will be devoted to early ranchers and settlers. It is unfortunate they did not provide an index, because that would have made the book much more accessible to future researchers on Descanso.