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SAN DIE-GO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA 


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.4 HEALTH AXD PLEASURE /RESORT 


ITS WOXDERFULLY EQUABLE CLIMATE, SUMMER AXD WIXTER 


ITS LUXURIOUS HOTEL •;,^ 


Uhe Hotel Del Coronado 


A.nnnun a,., E,.,op.,n Plans The Largest^ Resort Hotel ^ , BABCOCK. Manage, 


"/ have seen many parts of the 7vorId, and haze made some study 0/ this subject, ft is the question 0/ climate— 0/ your latitude— thai / le/er 
to. Vou are here on the J2d parallel, beyond the reach of the severe winters of the northern latitudes. You have a great capital in your climate. 
It icill be worth millions to you. This is one of the famred spots of earth, and the people will come to you from all quarters to live in your genial 
and healthful atmosphere. . . . A climate that has no equal."— AGASSIZ. 



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^he HOTEL DE.L CORONADO 




HE HOTEL DEL CORONADO is the largest resort liottl in tlie world. Travelers say there is nothing like it, 
either in this country or in Europe. It is conducted on both the American and European plans during the 
months from December i to April 15, and on the American plan only during the other months of the year. 
Its appointments are modern and elegant in every detail. 



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skilful chef, and he fills 



platter with 



a tropical garden of nearly one and one-half acres. 
[)alni, and pepper trees, many varieties of tropical plants 



a floor area of ten thousand square feet. Its ends are 
t;le pillar. There are several private dining-rooms, each 



ilenty of light and fresh 



The cuisine will not fail to satisfy the most fastidious, 
most appetizing dishes." — Morris Phillips. 
The quadrangular court, upon which many of the sleeping-rooms open, i 
The grounds cover twenty acres, and contain, besides rare flowers, pine, 

and shrute. 
The dining-room has been called one of the finest in the world. It h; 

oval, and its ceiling, thirty-three feet in heiglit, is unsupported by a ^ 

elegantly appointed. 
The bedrooms are of good size, are handsomely furnished, and hav 

bay or the ocean. 
The building is lighted throughout by incandescent electric lights, of which there are three thousand five hundred, besides the arc lights 
Hot and cold sea-water baths are given inside the hotel. 
There are seventy-five private sitting-rooms, so situated that they can be used conveniently by families or congenial parties of friends 

From four to tweKe rooms open into each of these apartments. Many of the latter overlook the court. 
All the ice that is used in the hotel is made at the hotel ice plant from the Coronado water, a reference to which will be fount 

on page 27. 
The facilities for surf and still-water bathing are not equaled elsewhere along the coast. 
The rates are surprisingly moderate. Attention is invited to the remarks on this subject by Messrs. Edward D. .^danis, of New York 

and Joseph Nash, of San Francisco, page 5. Reasonable reductions from the daily rate are made to those who remam 1 

month, si.\ months, or a year. For full particulars in regard to rates, write to E. S. Babcocic, Manager. 



Neariv all of them overlook the 



OPINIONS OF VISITORS 



The Riviera Is No Rival. 

" I know of no more charming place in tlie whole world than Coronado Beach, with its palatial and excellent hotel, where 'home 
comforts' may be found. To see a sunrise and sunset in San Diegt), on the heights overlooking Curonado Reach and the beautiful 
harbor, is one of the loveliest sights 1 have ever seen in any part of the world. 1 am personally familiar with the climate of the Riviera, 
in North Italy, and, in my opinion, it certainly does not equal that of Southern California. No hotel like the Hotel del Coronado is to 
be found in any part of ICurope, and a hotel there with anything like its comforts would cost about three times as much as at Coronado. 
I speak from experience, having quite recently returned from a five months' tour over the continent." — Ur. T. Griswold Co.mstock, 
St. Louis. 

From the Author of "Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush." 
Ian Maclaren The R.v. Dr. John Wai.ioni. 

"I am struck by the richness and beauty of Coronado scenery. The people ought to be good, surrounded as they are by a 
nature so grand and complete. Much will be expected of them, for unto them much has been given. 

"Coronado Beach possesses charms beyond famed beauty spots of the Mediterranean. What an enterprise Hotel del Coronado 
represents! What a view it gives to its guests! It displays wonderful taste in the selection of site, style of architecture, interior 
furnishings and decorations. Were I to reside in the United States, here would I desire my home, that I might enjoy the best of the 
blessings that California extends to her jxiople." 



The Fi 



I Have Ever Seen, and I Have Seen Them All. 



General G. M. Dodge, who was General Grant's right-hand man in the construction of railroads, and who is probably one of the 
highest authorities in the United States on civil engineering, visited the Hotel del Coronado in March, 1S91. On alighting, and 
without entering the building, leaving the matter of registering to his friends, he started on a voyage of discovery around the hotel, 
visiting every part of it, including the ice manufacturing plant, engine house, etc., before going inside. As he entered, he remarked to 
Charles Noidhoff and U. S. Grant, Jr., "This is the finest hotel 1 have ever seen,— and I have seen them all." 



"Surprise at the Moderate Charges." 

"Tourists, and others who visit this fascinating region, and are so fortunate as to stop at the Hotel del Coronado, never fail to 
express their admiration of its perfect management, and their surprise at the moderate charges. It far exceeds my expectations or any 
praise I could give it." — Edward D. Adams, of Winslow, Lanier & Co., New York. 

One Visit Not £.nough. 

The Hon. David B. Henderson, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives: — 

"Four years ago I paid my first visit to San Diego and Hotel del Coronado. Since tliat time I have looked forward to a return 
with many pleasant anticipations. Before I started from Washington on this trip, I planned for a week's rest with my family party at 
Coronado Beach, for I once enjoyed that privilege, and welcomed a chance of renewing the past. As a summer and winter resort, the 
equal of Hotel del Coronado does not exist, in my opinion. The views of sea and bay and mountains are magnificent, the air delicious. 
Here the traveler finds every accommodation for elegant and pleasant living. Here are the sports to delight gimner or rod-man. 
Here are sailing and boating to the heart's content. When at this ideal spot, I have but one regret, which is that time is limited and 
life so full of things to do." 

"A Delightful and Refreshing Spot." 

" I do not know of a more delightful and refreshing spot to guard against the scorching heat of summer months than the Hotel 
del Coronado. I go there yearly in order to gather new strength for the work of my winter season." — Madame Helena Modjeska. 

"I Never Paid So Reasonable a Hotel Bill." 

"We leave your beautiful place to-day with the greatest regret, but hope to make another visit soon, when we can stay much 
longer. I have been to most parts of the world, but I have never met with any place at all comparable to yours for beauty and 
comfort. We have received the kindest treatment, and have enjoyed every moment of our visit; and, considering the luxury and 
comfort we have received, I have never paid so reasonable a hotel bill." — Joseph Nash, San Francisco. 

An £.x>President'» Opinion, 

" One who has ever breathed this atmosphere would want to live here always." — Ex-President Harrison to Ex-Secretary 



WHAT OKV. CAN DO AT CORONADO 



Take a constitutional alon^ thi- l)f,i<h lutorf brcakiast. 

A sunninK on the south veranda afterwards. 

A spin on the bay before dinner, and afterwards. 

A sies/a in one of the easy-chairs in the s'ass-inclosed gallery. 

Dance in the evening. 

ICiijoy a tloUi- fariiicnlc in the sand in the afternoon. 

Drive on the beach. 

l'r..nienade..n the pier. 

Dip into the surf. 

Shoot i|ii.iil in the mominR and have them boiled for dinner. Try his hick for mackerel or barracud: 

Cullivale the acijuaintance of the jack-rabbits on North Island. 

Orjjanize a yachtinj; parly for an after-luncheon cruise to Coronado Islands 

Do you shoot? Ciet out among the plover, snipe, curlew, and bl.ick brant, 
the wild jjt'ese and ducks. 

1 the luautiful 

Take a day for deer in the mouiUains. 

\'isit the oranije and lemon orchards. 

Troll lor 'the bhielish of the Pacific. 



WHAT ONE CAN DO AT CORONADO 



Go to the races. 

Spend a few hours on the Golf Links, and endeavor to beat your score of the prev 
Spend one afternoon a week in the Botanical Gardens. 



Attend the concerts. 

Make a brief 

Set foot 



Take the train or drive to La Jolla Park and e.\plore the caves, not forgetting to bring back 
some of the beautiful shells one finds there. 

Taste the luxury of a hot sea-water plunge bath. 

Sound the melodious old bells at Old Town. 

Visit the Ostrich Farm. 



into Me.xico. 
foreign soil Ir 



,• |)assing a day at Tia Jnana, where one 
have his first dish oifrijoles or tortillas. 



Picnic at El Cajon Valley, famed for its wonderful fertility. Daily trains from San Diego. 

See the famed Sweetw iter Dam, via National City, Chula Vista, and Paradise Valley. 

Make a pilgrimage to the lighthouse and Point Loma. This is the highest 
lighthouse in the world — 500 feet above the sea. 

Obtain a magnificent view of the beach, the mountains, 
and sea from the Tower. 

Go to the theater. 



Enjoy about the best things of life 
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1if^*\ *'^''^ ' DO not kiiinv wlic-ther llie San Diego climate would be injurui.1 if the hills were covered with forests and the 

.t^' -r 1 valleys were all in the highest and most luxuriant vegetation. The theorj- is that the interactioil of the desert 

i I * and ocean winds will always keep it as it is, whatever man may do. I can only say that, as it is, I doubt if it 
. r f » has its equal the year round for agreeableness and healthfulness in our Union; and it is the testimony of those 
whose experience of the best Mediterranean climate is more extended and much longer continued than mine, 
that it is superior to any on that inclosed sea. About this great harbor, whose outer beach has an extent 
of twenty-five miles, whcse inland circuit of mountains must be over fifty miles, there are great varieties of 
temperature, of shelter, and exposure, minute subdivisions of climate, whose |)ersonal fitness can only be 
attested by experience. 
ri^T" ^^S^i-^s'l^Sf' if. There is a great difference, for instance, between the quality of the climate at the elevation of the I-"lorence 

-.►>.« .... Hotel, San Diego, and the University Heights, on the »«ci«, above the town, and that on the lung Coronado 

beach, which protects the inner harbor from the ocean surf. The latter, practically surrounded by water, has a 
true marine climate, but a peculiar and dry marine climate, as tonic in its effect as that of Capri, and, I believe, 
with fewer harsh days in the winter season. 
I wish to speak with entire frankness about this situation, for 1 am sure that what so much pleases me will suit a great numlier of 
people, who will thank me for not being reserved. Doubtless it will not .suit hundreds of people as well as some other localities in 
Southern California, but I found no other place where I had the feeling of absolute content and willingness to stay on indefinitely. 
There is a geniality ab.iut it for which the thermometer does not account, a charm which it is difficult to explain. Much of the 
agreeability is due to artificial conditions, but the climate man has not made nor marred. 

The Coronado beach is about twelve miles long. A narrow sand promontory, running northward from the mainland, rises to 
the Heights, then broadens into a table-land, which seems to be an island, and measures about a mile and a half each way; this is 
called South Beach, and is connected by another s|>it of sand with a like area called North Reach, which forms with I'oint Loma the 
entrance to the harbor. The North Ikacli, covered partly with chap.irral and broad fields of barley, is alive with (jiiail, and is a favorite 




C(iiirsinic-j;r<)Utul fi>r rabbits. Tliu soil, which api)ears very uniiivitiiii;. is with water uiicoiiinioiily fertile, bein.sr a mixture of loam, 
disintegrated granite, and deconiimsed shelKs, and especially adapted to llowers, rare tropical trees, fruits, and flowering slirnbs of 
all countries. 

The development is on the South Iteach, which w.ns in January, 1887, nothing but a waste of sand and chaparral. I doubt if the 
world can show a like transformation in so short a tiine. I first saw it in Febniary of that year, uhen all the beauty, except that of 
ocean, sky, and atmosplierc, was still to be imagined. It is now as if the wand of the magician had tt)uched it. In the first place, 
abundance of water was brought o\er by a submarine conduit, and later from the extraordinary Coronado Springs (excellent soft water 
for drinking and bathing, and with a recognized medicinal value), and with these streams the beach began to bloom like a trop.ical 
garden and tens of thousands of trees have attained a remarkable growth. The nursery is one of the most interesting botanical and 
flo:\ver gardens in the country; palms and hedges of Monterey cypress and marguerites line the avenues. There are parks and gardens 
of rarest flowers and shnibs, whose brilliant color produces the same excitement in the mind as strains of martial music. A railway 
traverses the beach for a mile, from the ferry to the hotel. There are hundreds of cottages, with their gardens, scattered over 
the surface. There is a race track, an ostrich farm, good roads for driving, and a dozen other attractions for the idle or the 
inquisitive. 

The hotel stands upon the south front of the beach and near the .sea, above which it is sufficiently elevated to give a fine prospect. 
The sound of the beating surf is perpetu.il there. At low tide there is a splendid driving beach miles in extent, and the opportunity for 
bathing is good. There is a safe nat.atorium on tlie harbor side close to the hotel. The stranger, when he first comes upon this novel 
hotel and this marvelous scene of natural and created beauty, is apt to exhaust his superlatives. I hesitate to attempt to describe this 
hotel, — this airy and picturesiiue and half-bizarre creation of the architect. Taking it and its situation together, I know nothing else in 
the world with which to compare it, and I have never seen any other which so surprised at first, that so improved on a two weeks' 
a«iuaintance, and that has left in the mind an impression so entirely agreeable. It covers about four and a half acres of ground, 
including an iiuier court of about an acre, the rich made soil of which is raised to the level of the main floor. The house surrounds this, 
in the Spanish mode of building, with a series of galleries, so that most of the suites of rooms have a double outlook, — one upon this 
lovely garden, the other upon the ocean or the harbor. 

The effect of this interior court or patio is to give gaiety and an air of friendliness to the place, brilliant as it is with flowers and 
climbing vines; and the royal and date palms that are vigorously thriving in it are magnificent. Big hotels and caravansaries are 
usually tiresome, unfriendly places; and if 1 should lay to<j much stress upon the vast dining-room (which has a floor area of 10,000 
feet without post or pillar), or the beautiful breakfast-room, or the circular ballroom (which has an area of 11,000 feet, with its 
timber roof open to the lofty observatory), or the music-room, billiard-rooius for ladies, the reading-rooms and parlors, the pretty 



gallen,- overlooking the spacious office rotunda, and then say that the whole is illuminated with electric lights, and capable of being 
heated to any temperature desired, — [ might convey a false impression as to the actual comfort and homelikeness of this 
charming place. 

On the seaside the broad galleries of each story are shut in by glass, which can be opened to admit, or shut to exclude, the fresh 
ocean breeze. Whatever the temperature outside, those great galleries are always agreeable for lounging or promenading. For me I 
never tire of the sea and its changing color and movement. If this great house were filled with guests, so spacious are its lounging 
places I should think it would never appear to be crowded; and if it were nearly empty, so admirably are the rooms contrived for 
family life, it would not seem lonesome. 

I shall add that the management is of the sort that makes the guest feel at home and at ease. Flowers, brought in from the 
gardens and nurseries, are everj'where in profusion, — on the dining tables, in the rooms, all about the house. So abundantly are they 
produced that no amount of culling seems to make an impression upon their mass. 

But any description would fail to give the secret of the charm of existence here. Restlessness disappears, for one thing, but there 
is no languor or depression. I can not tell why, when the thermometer is at 60° or 63°, the air seems genial and has no sense of 
chilliness, or why it is not oppressive at 80° or 85°. I am sure the place will not suit those whose highest idea of winter enjoyment is 
tobogganing and an ice palace, nor those who revel in the steam and languor of a tropical island. But for a person whose desires are 
moderate, whose tastes are temperate, w^ho is willing for once to be good humored and content in equable conditions, I should 
recommend Coronado Beach, and the Hotel del Coronado, if I had not long ago learned that it is unsafe to commend to any human 
being a doctor or a climate. 

But you can take your choice. It lies there, our Mediterranean region, on a blue ocean, protected by barriers of granite from 
the northern influences, an infinite variety of plain, carion, hills, valleys, seacoast; our New Italy without malaria, and with every sort 
of fruit which we desire (except the tropical, which will be grown in perfection when our knowledge equals our ambition); and if you 
can not find a winter home there or pass some contented weeks in the months of northern inclemency, you are weighing social 
advantages against those of the least objectionable climate within the Union. It is not 
yet proved that this equability and the daily outdoor life possible there will change 
character, but they are likely to improve the disposition and soften the asperities of 
common life. At any rate, there is a Ipnd where from November to April one has not 
to make a continual fight with the elements to keep alive. 



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A PE.RFECT CLIMATE at Coronado 






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llAUl.l.S NOKlJlIOl-l', .so ulU kiiuuu fur his 
Health, Pleasure, and Residence," published 



itiuKS un California, said in his "California for 
1873, and in a revised edition in 1S82, of the 



It seems to me to possess the mildest 



bay region of San Diego, which includes Coronado 
and sunniest winter climate on this coast. I do not 
December, January, and February in which tli- i< m 
part of the day out-of-doors with pleasure and 
benefit. The constant or almost uninterrupted 
brightness of the skies has of course a good deal to do with the healthful 
influence of the climate. The southern counties of California have but little rain." 
Mr. Nordhoff was only a winter visitor in those earlier years; but in iSyo, 
when he retired from active work in his profession, he came to Coronado, an 
after a trial of the varying seasons there took up his permanent residence '< 
Coronado Beach, and has lived there ever since, in a pretty cottage, ten minute 
walk iromlhe Coronado Hotel. 

This e.xperience of nearly ten years on Coronado IVacli, as a suinmer : 
well as winter resident, seems lo have sliown him that Coronado JSeach ofic 
as much comfort and enjoyment to sununer as to winter residents and visitors. 
He wrote recently to a southern friend, on this subject, a letter which we an 
permitted to copy here, in reply to a question whether he .still thought well oi L..iuii,u:^ .^ . .. 

"Yes, I do not know of so agreeable a climate, summer and winter, anywhere as this ol Coronado licach, and 1 liavt 
experienced many climates, as you know. It has no extremes. For aged people and for young children it is particularly benelicent 
and it is a delight to me to see the little children playing on the beach in front of the great hotel during nil thi- winter montlis 
December, January, February, when in the east and middle west they are cooped up in furnace-heated houses. 




"The constant cnol, fresh breezes from the ocean, brought here by the north- 
west trade wind, combined with the clear, bright skies of a rainless season, make the 
summer of Coronado perfect; it will some day make Coronado Beach a favorite 
summer resort for people from the northern and central states. We have here no 
muggy weather, no sweltering heats, no hot nights to make sleep difficult and 
unrefreshing. Boating really good, fishing, sea-bathing, and a variety of drives 
offer abundant amusement. I have always counted it a great advantage, and yet 
not sufficiently appreciated even by residents, that on this southern coast the 
mountains lie so near the shore that from sea level at Coronado you may easily 
attain in a day's journey by rail and drive a height of four or even five thousand 
feet above the ocean level. It is a perfect climate for such summer e.xcursions and 
picnics, because in the rainless season you need have no fear of storms, but may 
appoint your day a month beforehand. Yes, when you, in New Orleans, plan for 
an escape from the svveltering and e.xhausting heat which I have known there even 
in April, you can't do better than try a summer at Coronado." 
• Mr. Nordhoff has written elsewhere: — 

" Of the pleasures and satisfactions of the Southern California Coa.st climate i 
and travelers that this is now well known. But it ought to be more generally ki 
in the summer months. Because San Diego lies near the latitude of the Hawa 
California are very hot in June, July, and August, it is thought that one should go to Coronado only in winter. But it is the 
exact truth to say that the summer climate of this southern coast invites to active e.xercise when the heat of the Atlantic side 
forces people to swelter on piazzas." 




Charles Nordhoff' s Cottage at Coronado 

■inter, so much has been written by physicians 
n that it is equally satisfactory and beneficial 
I Islands, and because the interior valleys of 



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LITTORAL CALIFORNIA 




IF'F. in the s<>utli oi Caliiomia has a :^Trat deal in it \vhi<li i^ \t.ry iicii,;litml : the ridin.:: and dri\ini;, the s«nse of 
uiirestraiiic-d ireedotn, the pleasure in the wide-slrctchini; plains and rollin.^ loot-hills and distant ranges of 
mountains, bare and uncompromising on first introduction but taking on rare charms of light and shadow and 
southern glamour, when once the flight acquaintance with them has riiJened into friendship. 

Invalids sufteiing from the effects of overwork or from weakness vi the nervous s>-stem should be 

stronglv advised, if they come to Southern California at all. to make their home on the coast, or not too 

far inland, so as to be within reach of the breeze, which throughout the summer sweeps with unfailing ireshness o\er from the ocean. 

The climate and beautiful p<jsition of Ojronado Island attract visitors from all parts of the world. The hotel looks right down 

on the splendid rollers of the Pacific, and the air from that pure summer sea is particularly soft and caressing. 

A striking i>eculiaiity. and one le.iding to much confusion, is the great diversity of climate ol this countr\-. and the different 
clim,-itic conditions found in even one day's journey. This infinite variety embraces the perpetual ctxilness of the coast, the hot 
dr>ness of the far inland, or desert, the almost perpetual snows of the higher mountains, and the conditions (similar to the 
mountain regions of New England) found at a lower elevation. 

Within a few hours from an\ given point one may obtain the climate to his liking. This is invaluable to the invalid or health- 
seeker wishing an immediate change of air. It enables the residents of the interior valleys, too, to find a lower and more agreeable 
temperature in summer by visiting the seashore or by ascending .some of the surrounding mountains. 

There is little sea.sonal change in the e.xtreme southern part of the state. I am accustomed to say to inquirers that our winters 
resemble Septeml>er and OctotH.-r in the middle Atlantic Coast states, and that our summers are like April and May in the same region. 
It will be seen, then, that the dividing line l>etween .summer and winter is more imaginarj- than real; it exists in the calendar and the 
change of vegetation more than in the temperature. 

.A glance at the thermonietric tables will show that in some years the months of July, August, September, and October show a 
three o'clock temperature with hardly an appreciable difference. 

The summers of Southern California seem to be little understood. So much has been written about the winters and so little 
about the other periods of the year that the general impression is that Southern California is simply a winter station. This false 
conception of the true conditions does not have much opportunity for correction, because the great mass of travel, both invalid and 
tourist, usually occurs in winter. Few, except the permanent residents, know of the beauties of a California seacoast summer. 



During the winter months there are few daj-s on which one can not be out-of-doors at least a portion of the twenty-four hours. 
The rains occur when the winds are from the south, and discontinue as soon as the prevailing western u-inds arise, when the 
atmosphere at once clears. Thus there is an entire absence of the ener\-ating steamy heat of the .Atlantic Coast, and one can imme- 
diately resume his outdoor life. It is a well-known fact that a thermometrical heat which would be ener\-ating in other localities is 
stimulating in Southern California. 

Those who desire a change from the cold, damp winters of their homes, though they may not be ailing, or, indeed, may 
enjoy good health, will find that Southern California offers them many pleasant and suitable locations. .A. large class of such people 
come yearly to this countr>-; it is even quite noticeable how they repeat this year after year. 

Convalescents from any acute disease »-i!l hasten their complete recover\- by coming here, and will be restored to perfect health 
much sooner than is usual at home. 

-All catarrhal affections do well in Southern California, it makes little difference whether it be catarrh of the respiratory s>-stem, 
of the gastro-intestinal tract of the bladder, or. in fact, of any mucous sunace, except the so-called catarrhal form of consimiption. 
The little sufferers from Pott"s disease or coxalgia may be carried out-of-doors on their cots in the early morning and not be broagfat 
into the house until afternoon — an inestimable blessing. 

The sufferers from gout and rheumatism receive great comfort and benefit. The open-air life which the>- are able to lead fe a 
condition ver>- favorable to recover}-. An active skin and pure air are wonderful helps in eliminating the disease. 

Anaemia, e.xcept the p>emicious form, rapidly improves with us; these inv^ds speedily grow better and stronger and are more 
able to lead the necessary- outdoor life. 

People who are afflicted with atonic d\-spepsia, the various urinarv" diatheses, oxaluric, phosphuric. and odier troubles of this 
kind, chronic rheumatic arthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis, will find help from prolonged residence here. ^ 

Pneumonia in Southern California is a verj- rare disease in my experience; it is apt to nm a short course and present a speedy 
convalescence. 

Er\-sipelas is a very rare disease here. Bullard"s statistics show but one death in ele\-en >-ears. and demonstrate the fact that 
in all Southern California er>-sipelas is only about half as frequent as in the rest of the United States. 

Diphtheria, in my experience, which covers a residence of twelve years, does not exist in this part of Soothem California. I 
have never seen a case of true diphtheria here, that is, one that presents the Klebs, L/^efller bacillus. 

This countr\- is a veritable paradise for the growing child. There is no period during the entire year when it is necessary to house 
the little ones. There are no badly-ventilated, overcrowded, or overheated rooms. The zymotic diseases are usually not at all 
prevalent. They are mild, run a ver>- favorable course, and are generally followed by complete recoverv". The scrofulous child li\-es 
under the most favorable conditions to combat the inherited taint. — "Two Health Seekers in Southern California," by Wii.i.iav 
A. Edwards, Jf. D., .\>cd Be.\trice Harradex. 



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Hotel Del Coronado 



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THE CLIMATE- OF THE SAN DIEGO 
BAY REGION a a o.. r. c. a- ,,/,„„ 



ON RnrliiiiK Sinitlurn California one soon experiences an increased capacity for sleep and food,— two sure 
iudiialions that the physical system is being improved in tone by the climate. In elderly persons a feelin}? 
of rejuvenation is likewise experienced, and persons who have all their lives been below their normal weight, 
soon increase in proportions. Still the climate does not induce obesity. The chest expands in its propor- 
tions, and the breathing capacity is greatly increased. I have known chests to gain three or four inches in 
' l"^ circumference, and two or three inches in expansion, in the course of eighteen months' residence. This is 

! due to the extreme equability and mildness of the climate, allowing constant and free ventilation of rooms 

' and houses, and constant out-of-door exercise. 

The immunity that this climate gives to the inhabitants from diseases of the chest and abdominal organs, is simply phenomenal. 
Pneumonia, bronchitis, pleurisy, and similar diseases are unknown. The utter absence of malaria makes it a desirable location for 
those suffering from chronic malarial poisoning; liver and kidney complaints, or rheum.itism of the chronic order, find here a relief 
that can not be equaled elsewhere. 

All persons who have pmctised surgery in Southern California bear testimony to the asceptic atmospheric condition. It is this 
asceptic and equable air that gives this climate such renown in cases of laryngeal and throat diseases. 

It may be said that all throat, chest, or abdominal, rhenal, rheumatic, or gouty affections, especially if of a chronic order, are 
benefited by this climate, and the patient can look forward to a return to health, provided organic destruction has not advanced to a 
point beyond the hope of repair. 

Kor those in health this climate offers a delightful home. There is probably no other climate on the globe wherein man can live 
with as little physical exertion or discomfort.— no heat and no cold, no feeling of enervation, but health always at its full tide. This 
is well exemplified in the natives, many of whom enjoy more than a century of existence. I have known personally many such 
centenarians of aboriginal origin. 

Cholera infantum and the diseases of infancy have no existence here, the extreme equability of temix;rature being inimical to their 
presence; childhood and old age— the ix;riods of life most tried by other climates— here find an uneqiialed haven of safety. 

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NO HAY FEVER 



.ORONADO is a haven for hay fever sufferers, 
its (Xiiirsc is short, the improveiiieiit beiiii; 
saUitary, so free from irritating; dnst ami \v 
disease feeds is whollv lackin-; consrcinentlv 



Here hay fever is not indigenous, and in imported cases 
immediate. In fact, the atmosphere of Coronado is so 
ixious vejietable effluvia, that the material on which the 
hay fever is here famished, ;is it were, and dies of inanition, 



and the salubrious Coroii.ido Natural Mineral Water soon clears away all the drejjs of it from the con- 

stitution. The lately languid and despondent invalid finds his mind become contented, his spirits 

biioy.int, and .his whole body full of health and energy. In such cases, other circinustances here are highly favorable; for instance, 
the proximity of the surrounding ocean, and the regular alternating breezes, tending to tnaintain the wondrous equability of the 
temperature of the air, which temperature varies but little during the twenty-four hours, being nearly the same by night as by day. 
CJwing, also, to the sea breeze, the air is never so dry as to be unpleasant, but is always balmy and soothing to the respiratory 
organs. A physician of eminence, during three years' residence, took special note of the hay fever invalids who came here in quest 
of health, .ind w.as often amazed at their rapid recovery. The same climatic and other advantages which are- here so curative m hay 
fever, are also highly beneficial in phthisis and other chest complaints, and in ailmeuts of the liver, kidneys, and bladder. 



MONTHLY, SEASONAL AND ANNUAL RAINFALL FOR I4 YEARS. 
From the report vf the (\ S. tVeather Bureau Observer at San Diego. 



Vcur. 


Jan, 


Feb. 


March 


April 


May 


June 


July 


August 


Sept. 
0.00 


Oclolier 
0.05 


Nov. 


Dec. 


Annual 


Season ni 


Se.lson.ll 




6.9S 


l.-'il 


3.73 


1.95 


0.04 


0.07 


T 


T 


0.95 


0.10 


V,.f6 


188.V86 


16.83 


1887 


0.04 


.4.51 


0.02 


2.14 


0.47 


0.04 


0.01 


T 


T 


T 


2.06 


1.14 


10.45 


1886-87 


8.33 


1888 


1.96 


1.48 


2.79 


0.10 


0.22 


O.IH 


0.01 


T 


0.04 


0.26 


1.83 


2.84 


It. ,17 


1887-«8 


9.82 


188» 


1.72 


1.80 


2.20 


0.19 


O.ftS 


0.10 


T 


0.(M 


T 


2.12 


0.12 


7.71 


16.03 




11. (tt 




2.79 


1.70 


0.41 


0.0.1 


0.08 


0.00 


0.00 


T 




0.01 


0.72 


1.61 






14.98 








0.27 




0.85 






0.00 














10.47 


1892 . 


I.,-* 


2.96 


0.96 


0.41 


1.15 


0.13 


0.00 


0.05 


T 


0.22 


0.94 


0.69 


9.09 


1891-92 


8.65 


IMS 


0.78 


0.47 


5.50 


0.22 


0.39 


T 


T 


0.00 


0.00 


0.11 


0.91 


1.91 


10.29 


1892-9:t 


9.21 




0.29 


0.49 


l.m 


0.11 


0.09 


0.01 


0.00 


o.ot 


0.01 


T 


0.00 


2.26 


4.3.1 




5.(11 


im:, 


7.33 


CIS 


1.43 








0.00 




0.01 


0.27 


1.19 


0.27 


11.33 




11.86 


18% 


1.27 


0.02 


2.89 


0.25 


o.as 


0.01 


T 


0.13 


T 


0.97 


0.98 


2.18 


8.73 


189;->-96 


6.34 


1897 


3.13 


i.Ti 


1..W 


0.02 


0.12 


T 


0.01 


T 


T 


106 


0.02 


0.32 


8.9:i 


1896-97 


li.r>6 


18»8 


1.71 


0.(Ht 


0.91 


0.22 


0U6 


0.02 


0.00 


0.00 


0.07 


0.00 


0.15 


0.87 


4.67 


1897-98 


4.98 


1899 


2.34 


0.30 


0.85 


0.29 


0.10 


0.27 


o.uo 


0.07 


0.00 


O.S.I 


0.86 


0.ft'. 


H.U8 


1898-99 


5.31 



rilall, or less (haii 



October and yipril Jf July and February 

The fciUowiii;^ records were taken liy one of the latest improved thermographs. Tliese show the comparatively slight variation 
in the temperature of the four seasons, and the remarkable equability of each, at Coronado. The orange lines give an average record 
of one «eek in October and April; those in black give one week in July and February. 



fv/j O /vl D f\ / Tkye5DHy WeDNESDAy' Thv/RSD^y' pRlDay SflT^RDfl"/ 3uNDf\y 




•'Perfect in E,leg!uice," 

"The architectural grandeur and beauty of this hotel is something difficult to realize. No pen can describe it, no language do it 
justice; it is one of the marvels of the age we live in. Perfect in elegance, unique, and complete in all its appointments — ^the whole 
seems as if it were a beautiful dream." — P. M. ARTHfR. Cleveland, Ohio. 



RECORDS of the United States Weather "Bureau 



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HE following figures are taken from the ofticial records of the L'nitetl States Weather Riireau office 
at San Diego, and are for the twenty-nine years from 1872 (the establishment of the station) to 
iiS99, both dates inchisive:— 

A period of twenty-nine years, covering 10,585 days, there were 10,417 days in which the 
mercury did not rise above 80°, and only 168 days in which it rose hi.nher than .So". 

Selecting the three warmest days of each month for each year and obtaining the average, the 
following figures were obtained: Alean of the three consecutive warmest days. June, 75.8; July, 
7S.0; August, 8n; September, 82.9. The temperature has exceeded yo°, nineteen times in twenty- 
nine years, or on an average of about twice every three years. On not a single day during the twenty-nine years did any unusual 
warmth continue more than a few hours. As the climate of Coronado is warmer than that of San Diego in winter, and cooler in 
summer, it thus appears that this locality is entirely free from what is known in the East as the " heated term." In these twenty- 
nine summers no sweltering heat by night prevented sleep; in fact, there was no night during all the period when a blanket was not 
necessary for comfort. It will now be shown that what is termed a "cold snap" is eciually unknown. During the same twenty- 
nine years, containing io,,s85 days, there were io,,?97 days on which the mercury did not fall below 40°. On no day did the mercury 
remain at 40° more than one or two hours, and this between midnight and daylight, the lowest record for any time, night or day, 
being 32°, on four of the (jver ten thousand days comprising the meteorological record. 



COMPARED WITH THE NOTED EUROPEAN RESORTS. 



— 


Jan. 


Kel>. 


March 


April 


May 


June 


July 


Auk. 


Sept. 


Oct. 


Nov. 


Dec. 


CORONADO 


•M.S 


58.5 


56.0 


57.2 


60.4 


6S.1 


67.0 


70.5 


6C.6 


59.7 


66.0 


S6.0 




t4li.5 


48.5 




.57.0 


66.5 


71.0 


75.0 


76.5 


72.5 


65.0 






Mi-muMi-.; 


t-w.o 


48.0 


f>2.0 


,57.0 


e-s.o 


70.0 


75.0 


75.0 


69.0 


M.O 


M.0 


49.0 


Rome 


+17.6 
|J5.8 


49.4 


.52.0 


X.4 


61.5 


69.2 


78.3 


74.0 


69.5 


6,1.6 








49.0 


51.4 


57.0 


6S.0 


69.0 


78.6 


74.8 


69.4 


61.8 




48.6 


Florence 


tn.o 


45.0 


48.0 


5«.» 


64.0 


69.0 




76.0 


70.0 




58.0 





'Computed from l'. S. Weather Bureau. 



t Computed by Dr. 



'-round resort. 




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Off for the Chase from Hotel Del Cc 



The Coronado Fishing ■■-' Hunting Groundi "J^ 



The ocean fishing off Coronado in plain sifjlit of the hotel is unparallelecl. Diirinj;' the season of Spanish mackerel, rock cod, 
barracuda, and yellow tail, a two hours' catch of a couple of hundred pounds is an every-day affair. Spanish mackerel weighinj; from 
eijlht to nine pounds is a fair average. Sea bass or jew-fish are fre<iuenlly caught weighing from loo to 250 pounds each. A new stone 
pier or jetty has recently been constructed for the benefit of those who are fond of the sport. It is 1,200 feet long, and e.xtends into deep 
uater, which is free from breakers, where fishing with rod and reel may be indulged in at any time. The end, for 50 feet, is boarded 
over and steps lead down to the water so that one can go aboard his boat for fishing in the open sea. 

Those who have had the most experience in all parts of the United States say that the California tjuail is the most diflicult bird to 

k'lW, atief g-e/ i/i your 6air, that iVifS. The famous shot, the late Ira I'aync, 
after failing to bag a single ([uail with nine consecutive shots, said they were 
the most elusive and delusive birds he had ever tackled. 

Using Coronado Beach as headtiuarters, sportsmen can get as good 
duck and (juail shooting as can be found anywhere in the United .States. 
Came is abundant below the Mexican line, and hunting parlies can be made 
up on short notice. 

-V reservation of 1,900 acres within one and one-half miles of the hotel 
has been stocked with thousands of jack-rabbits, and the management has 
cleared a field one and one-half miles long, over which gue.sts of the lurtel 
on horseback follow a pack of thirty greyhounds. These rabbit ch.ises 
are now among the most popular sports at Coronado, and ix-cur twice a 
week, and oftener, if a dozen riders desire to indulge in a cha.se. There is 
no expense to guests to join any of the.se chases, except for nioimts, it 
only being necessary for them to leave their names at the office one day 
in advance. 




450 Ducks 
Bag 'A Lieutenant-Gcncral NcIjm 



4 White Pelicans 
A. Miks and Party, Nov. 17, 



EXPERTS' OPINIONS of Goronado's Climate 

JUDSON Daland, iM. D., Philadelphia. 

" Coroiiado Beach is, without doubt, the best ' all-the-year-round ' seaside climate, and the Hotel Del Corouado has no superior." 

J. B. Murphy, M. D., Chicago. 

"The location of Hotel del Coronado, Coronado Beach, is one of the best in the world, both as a winter resort and a recuperation 
ground. The absence of the humidity and the depressing sultry weather so common to winter resorts, with the bracing sea-breeze and 
the stimulating northwest wind of Coronado, makes it a superb place for those mentally and physically e.xhausted. Every year I look 
forward to my sojourn with renewed and increasing pleasure." 

T. G. Roddick, M. D., Motitreal. 

"Coronado Beach, with its magnihcent hotel and lovely grounds, is in my experience (and I have traveled a great deal) quite 
unique as a health resort. I have never been so comfortable anywhere as in the Hotel del Coronado. The rooms are spacious, the 
culinary arrangements excellent, and the service generally unsurpassed. The climate of this part of California is practically perfect. 
There is an abundance of sunshine, with warm days and cool nights (even in summer), and, considering the close proximity of the 
great Pacific Ocean, the air is not inoist, but, on the contrary, remarkably dry." 

Chamberlain, Medical Record. 

" The only military post of the United States in Southern California is at San Dieg". The military post showing the highest rate 
of non-effectiveness from sickness in 1SS5 was San Diego. This station is the sanitarium of the division for the Pacific. Its general 
salubrity caused its selection for the purposes indicated." 

Surgeon Summers. 

" In this vicinity a case of intermittent or remittent fever is seldom, if ever, .seen, unless contracted elsewhere." 

Professor Loom is. 

" Endeavor to select a climate where you may be out-of-doors every day, and at every hour of the day." 




Result of Two Hours' Sport at Coronado Fishing Grounds 




The Coronado Mineral Water, the analysis of which shows that it is superior to the 

imported waters, comes from Hving springs near the hotel, is a perfectly pure water, and has 

been found remarkably curative in diseases of the bladder, kidneys, and liver. It acts as a 

I JEl gentle tonic to the entire bodily system, and is delicious as a table water. It is the only water 

iS "^'^'^ at the Hotel del Coronadu, where it is free to the guests, many of whom, after testing its 

IbW virtues, order it sent to their homes. All the ice used at the hotel is made front the Coronado 

Vii5jW '''"'^'■- The following analysis was made by the well-known chemist, C. Gilbert Wheeler, of 

■^^.^KSF^ Chicago : — 

Silica 167 

Iron (Sesquioxide) on 

Sodium Chloride 1.977 

Sodium Sulphate 066 

Potassium Sulphate 0S6 

Calcium Sulphate 158 

Calcium Carbonate 601 

Magnesium Carbonate 479 

3-545 

FROM THOSE WHO HAVE, USED W a 



The late H. A. Johnson, M. D., Chicago. — "This is a remarkably pleasant table water, absolutely pure. It must be excellent 
for kidney and bladder troubles. I think it also a good tonic for the general system, giving to nature a general impetus." 

W. H. Mason, M. D., late Professor of Physiology in the University of Buffalo, N. Y. — "Coronado, with its magnificent hotel, 
as a real sanitarium and pleasant seaside resort, where complete restfulness and refreshing enjoyment can be had, is unrivaled 
anywhere. Its pure and mild atmosphere, equable temperature, dry climate, and its refreshing westerly breezes, together with the 
excellence of its natural mineral water, may be regarded as a regular ' elixir of life.' " 



O. D. CiiKNEY, M. D., of Haverhill, Mass.— " There is a freshness and fascination abont the place that causes it to become a 
ready favorite with every one who comes here. I find also another great attraction, and one that will give you high satisfaction; it is 
the peculiar and powerful medicinal properties in the water now^ in use at the hotel." 

J. Davis, of San Francisco. — " No expression of thanks that I have been here and driuik of the Conmado water can tell you how 
different I now feel from what I did when I arrived a month ago, then suffering from pains in my kidneys. I can safely say that 1 am 
like another being, and feel almost as limber and well as 1 ever did. My general health also is greatly improved." 

H. W. Brows, President of the St. Paul Gas Company, St. Paul, Minn.—" In my travels, and they have extendetl througliout 
the United States and Europe, 1 have drunk every known tabic- water, Imt have found none that is so palatable and pleasant or that can 
in any way compare with the Coronado water, whicli is all and more than has been claimed for it. The carbonated Coronado water is 
infinitely superior to the AixjUinaris." 

A recent nmnber of the Xorihwcslci >i Medical Journal contains the following: "The excellent medicinal tiualities this water 
possesses can not be loo highly estimated, and the analytical tests of two well-known chemists, each confirming the report of the other, 
must give to it a place in the foremost ranks as a remedy in kidney and bladder ailments, owing to its solvent and eliminating power, 
and its (juick curative action on these organs." 

^ ^ ^ ^ 

STE.AM HEAT 



Steam heat has been introduced all through the hotel, and is in every parlor, public room, and 185 bedrooms. Other rooms have 
fireplaces. In this the hotel is as unitiue as in other respects, inasmuch as the management desires to have and recjucsts the guests 
to keep the steam turned 011 r.uher than off. Other hotels have frequently furnished steam heat free of charge. This hotel not only 
does this, but it is almost ready to olfer a chromo to have you use it. It saves money, strange as it may .seem. 

PRIVATE BATHS 

.\nion.,Mlie various improvements ni.ide in the last year eighty-one piivate baths have been added, and by the arr.mgement of 
the suites throughout the hotel 300 rooms now have access to private baths. 



The New Eighteen=hole Golf Course 

The phenomenal growth of golf in this country is nowhere more clearly illustrated than at Coronado, for it was only in the year 
i8g7, when the game was entirely new on the Pacific Coast, that a nine-hole course was laid out near the grounds of the hotel, and it 
was among the first in the west. A spacious club house was erected, and everything was done to make this form of outdoor amusement 
the most popular one, and that it has become so is shown from 
the fact that the number of golf players and also the patrons of 
the hotel have so increased during the past season that it was 
found necessary to give the golf more extensive quarters. 

The new eighteen-hole course which has just been con- 
structed is situated a few blocks northwest of the hotel and 
extends from the Pacific Ocean on the south side to San Diego 
Bay on the opposite side of the island. Spanish Bight bounds it 
on the west, with Point Loma in the distance for a background, 
and a more picturesque spot for the enthusiastic golfer to indulge 
his fancy can scarcely be imagined. 

The total length of the course is 5,318 yards (over three miles), 
and a part of this forms the ladies' course of nine holes, which 
is 2,055 yards long. Difficult "bunkers" and "hazards" are 
properly placed so as to test the skill of the e.xpert golfer. 
The Coronado race track, which is surrounded by a fence eight 
feet high, is near the center of the grounds, and this must be 
crossed twice on the outward and twice on the homeward course 
of the eighteen holes, which will no doubt assist the player in 
adding a few strokes to his score. 



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Old Club Hous 



Putting Greens 120 Feet in Diameter 

A spt-clal feature of the- Cornniido Links and wlicrcin iIrv excel all others in the west is the size of the puttinj; jcreens, 
which are 120 feel in diameter, made of hard clay covered with a thin layer of sand to make them fast or slow as may be desired. 
They are kept in prime condition by a force of men employed for this purpose, and no expense is spared to make this the finest 
course on the coast. 

The pretty club house of the old jjrounds has been moved to its new location and another story added. The number of li«kers 
for the use of the players has also been increa.sed, and enltrl.iiniiKiils sivt-n on tonrnament days are a social feature much enjoyc-d 
by guests of the hotel. 



Golf "All the 
Year Round" 

Coronado is es- 
pecially favored with 
an even temperature 
and particularly noted 
for its mild climate. 
There beiiij; no swel- 
teiint? heat in summer 
and no hlusterin); days 
in winter makes this 
an ideal spot, where 
Kolf becomes a gen- 
uine pleasure every 
day in the year. 




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IN B M E. F 


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ORONADO BEACH is situated on the southeastern part of the peninsula which forms the Bay of 

San Diego, — the finest natural harbor but one on the Pacific Coast, — 480 miles southeast of San 

Francisco, aiui fifteen miles from the Mexican border, in latitude t,2° 42' .^7". The Hotel del Coronado 

stands on a jjently-skipinj; tmsa. Charming views of the ocean, i)ay, and the Coast and Mexican 

ranges are obtained from the piazzas and nearly all of the sleeping-rooms. San Diego, just across the 

\. : ; bay, is the western terminus of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Ke Railway. Coronado can be 

^ ' reached by any other of the transcontinental routes, — the Northern, Southern, t)r Union Pacific. Four 

.• lines of steamers enter San Diego harbor,— from San Francisco, Lower California, the Orient, and Hamburg, 

Germany, via Italy and South America. Any ticket agent would be able to give full information as to routes 

and rates. All the railroads mentioned have offices in New York and in many of the large eastern cities. 

Coronado Beach can be reached in four days from New N'ork, Boston, or Philadelphia. The trip is 

delightful, made as it is to-day in the elegant vestibuled moving palaces of the through trains. 

The Coronado schools embrace the three principal branches of educatitm, — kindergarten, grammar, and high school. The high 

school course covers three years, and is approved by the State University, where graduates are admitted without lurtlier examination. 

Adjoining the hotel office is the long-distance telei)h<>ne station, with CQ,nnection to,,i.os 
Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland, also telegraph service. • \ '.. ' 

Coronado is the post-office name for the beach and bote'. The service includes two jjjiily 
deli^ Ties. 

"The elevator service is first-class. . ' 

A first-class sanitarium, with trained nurses and a thoroughly competent physician, is con- 
ducted within a block of the hotel. Massage treatment given by first-cla.ss male and female 
gradifates of the .Stockholm Institute, Sweden. 

The average rainfall at Coronado i$ ten inches, and the average number of rainy days for the 
year, thirty-four. 

I""or further information address Ef6. Babcock, maTiager, Coronado Beach, California, or 
H. F. NorcJCOSS, agent, 200 South Spring 5. rei Los Angeles, Cj Mfornia. 







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