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

Twin Inns

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, December 28, 2016
1. Twin Inns Marker
Inscription. This Victorian structure was built in 1887 for Gerhard Schutte, whose role in the development of the town led to his being called the "Father of Carlsbad." Schutte and partners Samuel Church Smith and D.D. Wadsworth founded the Carlsbad Land and Mineral Water Company and had as their vision "a town of small farms and gracious homes." To that end they bought 400 prime acres at $40 per acre for development as a community. They laid out a townsite, lined roads with eucalyptus seedlings and named the streets. This property was converted to the Twin Inns Restaurant circa 1917 by Whiting and Reed and was purchased by Ed and Neva Kenner in 1919. It was named the Twin Inns since the building was identical to the nearby Wadsworth home, also used as an inn. The building was extensively remodeled with a large octagonal dining room added in 1922. The Twin Inns was a popular summer dining area, frequented by many of the Hollywood set after a day at the races and later figured prominently in Carlsbad's history serving as the site of the first city council meeting and deliberations on the city's incorporation. The building was also famous for it's fried chicken dinners which were promoted by large plaster chickens out front. After 60 years as a family business, the Twin Inns was sold in 1984 and became part of the Village Fair Shopping Center.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, December 28, 2016
2. Twin Inns and Marker
Carlsbad Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Location. 33° 9.519′ N, 117° 21.064′ W. Marker is in Carlsbad, California, in San Diego County. Marker is on Carlsbad Boulevard near Carlsbad Village Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2978 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad CA 92008, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carlsbad by the Sea Retirement Community (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carlsbad Santa Fe Depot (about 600 feet away); Capt. John A. Frazier (about 600 feet away); St. Michael's By-the-Sea Episcopal Church (about 700 feet away); The Carlsbad Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Magee House (approx. ľ mile away); Agua Hedionda Lagoon (approx. 2.8 miles away); Welcome to Agua Hedionda (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlsbad.
 
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1. History of the House - Land and Water Company. Travel between Los Angeles and San Diego by automobile was arduous in the 1920ís. The Twin Inns soon became a favorite stopping place for travelers, enhanced perhaps by Mr. Kentnersís willingness to prepare meals at all hours of the night for “victims” of the automobile
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By Barry Swackhamer, December 28, 2016
3. Twin Inns
technology of the 1920ís. Prohibition drove many fun seekers south, as well as many Hollywood celebrities, to the historic site. There was even a “speakeasy” in the basement that adds to the allure and mystique of the home. Rumors are that it still exists today.
(Submitted on December 29, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Chicken: It's What's for Dinner - Carlsbad Magazine. It was also as west as you could get; it was the "Last West." D.D. Wadsworth, a partner in the company, built his house as the mirror image to Schutte's; they were beachfront homes at the time. (The Wadsworth house was torn down in 1950.) But the newly dubbed "Carlsbad" was not immune to the economic and meteorological cycles that are so much a part of California history. The 1890s saw droughts and recession. Many of the Carlsbad Land and Mineral Water Co. principals moved south to San Diego. (Submitted on December 29, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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4. Twin Inns, Carlsbad, California
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 635 times since then and 280 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 29, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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