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One River, Many Stories

Oral History of the San Diego River

The San Diego River has many stories waiting to be told. Much of the American settlement of the San Diego River occurred in the period from 1850-1960, as the river valleys were transformed by agricultural development, dwellings and later tourism.

The One River, Many Stories project is dedicated to recording the personal histories of people who have been touched by the River in their lifetime. Through recorded interviews, written memories and photographs, we hope to capture the River’s story for future generations. We are collecting items such as: newspaper clippings, personal photos, postcards, and even phonebooks.

If you have a story, we would love to hear from you! These stories will later become part of the future San Diego River Heritage Museum. Please call (619) 297-7380 or email us.

Ben Segawa has a great story about his family’s farming history in Mission Valley along the San Diego River. Learn more by watching his video:

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