Historical Content relating to Palomar Mountain

These documents are in a format that can be downloaded to your PC, Kindle, Nook, ipad and most digital readers. There is too much information to try to learn it all. I recommend reading material based on your interest. The hyperlinks take you to the articles provided you have an Internet connection.

Robert Asher, is lengthy (100 pages) but provides the most comprehensive information about some of the most colorful characters who first settled Palomar Mountain. The book can be consumed in small bites; each section is self-contained.

A list of San Diego’s most destructive fires. Note the months having the most fires.

Written in 1908 and is a good historical description of the indigenous Native American who inhabited Palomar Mountain prior to being settled by the families discussed in My Palomar above. The excerpt from a book is 40 pages long and covers many topics.

A brief two-page account of a Native American legend about High Point. 

A good history of one of the most famous settlers on Palomar Mountain.  Nate Harrison Grade is a dirt road that accesses Boucher Hill if you have a high clearance vehicle.  Nate occupied an area near Boucher Hill.

An article about Nate Harrison with some information not contained in “Uncle Nate of Palomar”.  In particular, one gets a feel for Nate’s personality and life on the mountain.

An historical article (probably written in the 1930’s) describing plans to build a road to the top of palomar mountain.  The road was needed to move the 200-inch telescope to its present location.  South Grade Road now follows the approximate path of the road described in the article.  The article cites historical statistics about the observatory

“Highway to the Stars” Today, nearly a half-million tourists come each year to visit the world’s greatest telescope. This book covers the entire story of how and why the Palomar Mountain Observatory came into being.

A history of the Bailey Family the first year round residents on Palomar Mountain. This article covers the years from 1868 until the early 1900s