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Ellen Browning Scripps

 
 
Ellen Browning Scripps Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 24, 2019
1. Ellen Browning Scripps Marker
Inscription.  “the heart of a nurse, the courage of an astronaut and a capacity to give both generously and wisely” – Thomas O. Scripps

The philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps (1836—1932) holds a special and endearing place in the annals of Torrey Pines. Without Miss Scripps, this mesa might resemble what you see to the east: a tangle of roads, houses and businesses.

Although the City of San Diego had set aside some land to preserve the Torrey pines, the best and densest groves remained in the hands of developers who planned to subdivide and commercialize the area. Miss Scripps bought these lots in 1908, 1911, and 1912. She hired naturalist Guy Fleming to care for and protect this wonderful place in 1921 and funded the construction of his house on the property.

The Torrey Pines Lodge, now used as a visitor center and ranger station, was built with her funds and donated to the people of San Diego. It opened as a restaurant in 1923. Finally, she bequeathed the City of San Diego the groves of Torrey pines, asking that they “be held in perpetuity as a public park,” and requesting,
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“that care be taken to preserve the natural beauty of the area” in 1932.

Today’s visitors may thank Ellen Browning Scripps for having the foresight to protect this unique place in the California landscape.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentParks & Recreational AreasWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1921.
 
Location. 32° 55.285′ N, 117° 15.262′ W. Marker is near San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker can be reached from Torrey Pines Park Road, 0.9 miles south of North Torrey Pines Road (County Road S21), on the left when traveling south. This marker is at the High Point Overlook in Torrey Pines State Reserve. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Jolla CA 92037, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Torrey Pines Lodge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Torrey Pines Gliderport (approx. 2.2 miles away); Conserving California's Coastal Treasures (approx. 3.1 miles away); Washington to Baltimore 1844 Telegraph Message (approx. 3.3 miles away); Development of CDMA for Cellular Communications (approx. 3.8 miles away); Johnson-Taylor Adobe Ranch House (approx. 7.3 miles away); Rancho Santa Fe (approx. 7.4 miles away); Surfer's Memorial (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
Ellen Browning Scripps Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 24, 2019
2. Ellen Browning Scripps Marker
 
Ellen Browning Scripps image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 24, 2019
3. Ellen Browning Scripps
Close-up of photo in Torrey Pines Lodge
Torrey Pines Lodge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 24, 2019
4. Torrey Pines Lodge
USGS Benchmark<br>Torrey 1933 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 24, 2019
5. USGS Benchmark
Torrey 1933
Torrey Pine Cone image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 24, 2019
6. Torrey Pine Cone
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 26, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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