Here's a 1946 aerial that Howard Rozelle shot when he was still partners with H. A. "Jimmy" Erickson.

Bob Richardson and Nancy Wingo both thought it was East Pacific Beach, and they are right. You are looking northeast across Bayview Terrace Government Housing, one of three such developments built in Pacific Beach during World War II. It's still there, although in its third incarnation. The northeast portion of the housing is notable on three counts:
a) It was the site of the largest Kumeyaay encampment in San Diego County. After months of futile attempts to convert the natives to Christianity, Father Junipero Serra convinced a young brother and sister to travel to the mission in Old Town for free eats. They became his first conquests.
b) Ever hear of Elizabeth Short? I gather she was a young hottie who was staying with friends at 2750 Camino Pradera. The last person to see her alive, in January 1947, was a neighbor. You might remember her better as the victim in the Black Dahlia murder.
c) This little corner of Pacific Beach became the site of the Pacific Drive-In. How many of you remember leaving the drive-in? Maybe having your car get a vapor-lock at midnight, waiting for all the cars to leave the drive-in


Hotel del Coronado
(Lee Passmore photo)

Junipero Serra Museum Dedication
(Lee Passmore photo)

Demolition of the Chollas Towers
(John Fry photos)

Belmont Park

Campanile and Montezuma

Esquire Motors

Midway Drive Farmer's Market

The Ocean Beach Bridge

University of San Diego

From La Jolla to Mexico

Pacific Beach

Still a mystery

Casa de Oro

Loma Portal

Highway 80 at Baltimore

San Diego Yacht Club


Frontier Housing

B Street Pier and Lane Field


North La Mesa

Paradise Hills

San Diego Bay to the desert

East San Diego to Point Loma

Lemon Grove

Ocean Beach Pier

Sorrento Valley

East Pacific Beach

Solar Aircraft

Montgomery Field

La Jolla

Balboa Stadium

Amaya Drive

San Diego DMV


More Rancho Drive-In Aerials

San Diego All City Catholic Boys Concert

Lomita Village

Naval Training Center

San Diego/National City

Pacific Beach

San Diego Rowing Club

East San Diego

University City and Clairemont

I-15 Completion

Street & Sons Auto Wrecking

D & H Auto Service

Mystery Aerial

Lake Murray

Rancho Drive-In

Mrs. Conkling's Delivery Truck

Balboa Park

Mission Valley Center

East San Diego (and a lot more)

Blessed Sacrament Church

Balboa Stadium

32nd Street Mothball Fleet

Mission Valley Center West

Ferry Landing

Lindbergh Field

Allied Gardens

32nd Street Quonset Huts

Wabash & Highway 94

Westgate Park

Highway 101 & 80

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