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Coronado in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Christmas Tree

Hotel del Coronado

 
 
Christmas Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 14, 2009
1. Christmas Tree Marker
Inscription.  Here stands the world's first electrically-lighted outdoor Christmas tree, unveiled at the Hotel del Coronado on December 24, 1904
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry. In addition, it is included in the Historic Trees 🌲 series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1958.
 
Location. 32° 40.884′ N, 117° 10.656′ W. Marker is in Coronado, California, in San Diego County. Marker can be reached from Orange Avenue. Marker and tree are located on the grounds of the Hotel del Coronado. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado CA 92118, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Oxford (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel del Coronado (within shouting distance of this marker); J.D. Spreckels House - 1908 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dragon Tree (about 500 feet away); Carey-Hizar House (approx. 0.2 miles away); J.D. & A.B. Spreckels Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mann House - 1926 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coronado.
 
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Christmas Tree image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 14, 2009
2. Christmas Tree
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 Wikipedia Entry for Hotel del Coronado. Excerpt:
In 1904, Hotel del Coronado introduced the world's first electrically lit, outdoor living Christmas tree. From the San Diego Union, December 25, 1904:
The tree selected for the honor is one of the three splendid Norfolk Island pines on the plaza [grassy area in front of the hotel]. It has attained a height of fifty feet and its branches stand proudly forth. All day yesterday electricians were busy fitting it up and by night 250 lights of many colors gave beauty to the fine old pine. Lanterns, great and small, hung from its boughs. And now that an open-air Christmas tree had been introduced, it is likely that another Christmas Eve will find many California gardens aglow with light scattered from living foliage.
(Submitted on December 12, 2020.) 
 
Christmas Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 15, 2009
3. Christmas Tree Marker
Entrance to the Hotel del Coronado image. Click for full size.
By William Henry Jackson, 1905
4. Entrance to the Hotel del Coronado
This photograph shows one of the Norfolk Island pines on the property. Photo is in the History Colorado collection.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 760 times since then and 136 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week December 20, 2020. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 2, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   3. submitted on March 28, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   4. submitted on December 12, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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