The Oldest Commercial Trail West of the Mississippi

Presenting the book Point Loma

Point Loma Book
Point Loma

La Playa Trail Association presents the book Point Loma, an exceptional collection of pictures and commentary that chronicle the history of the Point Loma Peninsula, its neighborhoods, maritime traditions, military connections, development, and people.

Please join us Tuesday November 1, 2016 at the Point Loma Assembly for a fun evening of stories by some of the folks who put the book together. You will hear how photo's and stories were unearthed and see some of the pictures that didn't make it into the book but maybe should have.

Join us at 5:30 for refreshments and your chance to purchase your books. These will make great gifts for friends and family during the coming holidays! Our presentation will begin at 6 with Q&A at 6:45, over by 7 pm.

If you can't make it to the event on 11/1, please use the order form here.

About the La Playa Trail Association

Historical Map of the La Playa Trail
US Boundary Survey 1850

The La Playa Trail Association has been founded to commemorate the oldest European trail along the Pacific Coast. First traversed by Kumeyaay Indians, and later by Spanish explorers, who, under Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, laid claim to Alta California. The Trail stretches from the harbor entrance to the Mission San Diego de Alcala in Mission Valley, and beyond.

Trail History

The La Playa Trail had been in use by the Indians prior to April 11, 1769, when the Spanish brigantine San Antonio arrived with the advance party of the Portola Expedition. It is the oldest European trail on the Pacific slope, and was the main link between the Mission, Old San Diego, and La Playa, which
served as our port until Alonzo Horton's founding of New San Diego in 1869.

Point Loma in 1876
Point Loma behind Coronado in 1876