#LatinoHeritage Roadtrip – Cabrillo National Monument, Old Point Loma Lighthouse, Old Town San Diego California
We’ve started our American Latino Heritage roadtrip of the Southwest with stops in San Diego, Arizona, New Mexico & Nevada. We’re visiting historic sites protected by the National Park Service that honor the contributions of Latinos throughout American history. As I prepared for the trip I identified a number of historical sites in my surrounding areas, especially in my home town of San Diego. I never realized these treasures existed in my back yard.
Being raised my a single mom in Mexico and then in Calfornia didn’t give my mother many opportunities to take us on field trips, other than visiting relatives in Mexico. As I’ve become an adult and raise children of my own, staying connected to my heritage is something that is very important. This road trip has been a perfect opportunity to connect with my Hispanic Heritage.
In 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. A monument was buit on a hilltop where it is believed he landed. We watched the story of the 16th century exploration and walked towards the grounds of the monument. The monument is also home to one of the most breathtaking views of San Diego.
We also visited the lighthouse. This was my husband’s first time at the Cabrillo Monument. It was exciting to see him explore the surroundings. The lighthouse is very small. The people that lived in it were very resourceful with space. Walking around the lighthouse I couldn’t help to think whether the residents were lonely on top of the hilltop.
Cabrillo National Monument features a 16th century Spanish History museum where you can learn about the Spanish explorations. The lighthouse museum also highlights life at the Lighthouse and the history of the longest standing Lighthouse keeper family, the Israels Lighthouse keepers who lived and worked at the old Point Loma lighthouse for 18 years.
We traveled to the heart of the city of San Diego to old town and also saw the very first elementary school that was opened in San Diego and La Casa de Estudillo. I’m looking forward to sharing more photos on the epic home on my Facebook page.
For additional information about Cabrillo National Monument visit the National Parks Services Cabrillo National monument page or Old Point Loma page.
The American Latino Fund celebrates the contributions of American Latinos throughout the national park and historic places across the country. Check www.alhf.org to learn more about the programs and Support the American Latino Heritage Fund.
Please join me and my colleagues as we go on an adventure of a lifetime. For live tweets, please follow the conversation on Twitter by checking the #LatinoHeritage hashtag. Please check back later for additional photos.
Question: Have you ever gone on a roadtrip to a National Park or historical site? What park did you visit?