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

Descanso Town Hall

1898

 
 
Descanso Town Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 31, 2015
1. Descanso Town Hall Marker
Inscription. The Descanso Town Hall was dedicated on Christmas Day 1898 “to the general public for religious, political, literary and social purposes” and has served as the center of the local community. It is reminiscent of other community halls erected in communities large and small across the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Funds to erect the town hall were raised by a stock company consisting of community citizens each contributing one dollar, with over $1400 raised for the construction and furnishing of the building. It was constructed on a lot donated by prominent San Diego businessman George H. Ballou. The building's design displays an eclectic mix of elements of Farm Vernacular, Early Bungalow and other styles.

Since its construction, the town hall has been maintained and managed by the Descanso Town Hall Association. It continues to serve Descanso and the surrounding area as a community gathering spot to this day.
 
Erected 2013 by The Descanso Town Hall Association and the Burrell Ranch; The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, John P Squibob Chapter #1853.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 32° 51.212′ 
Descanso Town Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 31, 2015
2. Descanso Town Hall Marker
N, 116° 37.175′ W. Marker is in Descanso, California, in San Diego County. Marker is on Viejas Grade Road 0.3 miles west of Riverside Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Descanso CA 91916, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buckman Springs (approx. 10.3 miles away); Pedro Fages Trail (approx. 10.7 miles away); Hatfield – The Rainmaker (approx. 12.8 miles away); Box Canyon (approx. 15.2 miles away).
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Descanso Town Hall image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 31, 2015
3. Descanso Town Hall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 17, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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