On Saint Patrick’s day in 1904, hundreds of schoolchildren turned out for the planting of 60 pines and cypresses on the west aspect of Cabrillo Canyon (at the moment’s state Route 163) as part of San Diego’s first Arbor day celebrations. Governor George Pardee and President Theodore Roosevelt endorsed the event.
From the Night Tribune, Thursday, March 17, 1904:
ROOSEVELT AND PARDEE
Hearty Greetings from Nationwide and State Government to Jolly Tree Planters
On the verdure-coated slopes of a reasonably canyon forming probably the most sightly bits of nature in San Diego’s great park, have been carried out this morning the Arbor-day workouts of the town faculties.
The day was good. The cloud-flecked sky simply tempered the heat of the solar, and the ocean zephyrs stealing via the hills helped to make the climb up and down the slopes easier to these whose faculty days have been lengthy over. On the similar time the ground was heat, and the edges of the natural amphitheatre, carpeted with inexperienced, and virtually free from brush, provided snug reclining locations for all.
A while ere the hour for opening the workouts, the individuals commenced gathering. The varsity youngsters, underneath cost of their academics, streamed down the pathways in shifting, altering waves of various colours.
Grouped on the south slope, beneath the banners of their faculties and courses, with here and there the larger United States flags of their buildings waving a full 2500 youngsters mad one kaleidoscopic mass of brilliant colours. Intently crowning the crest above them, all manner of automobiles stood out towards the sky every full of eager spectators. Others, coming by road automotive, or straying up the newly built drives and footpaths, dispersed themselves in teams over Pine Level, which varieties the north slope of the canyon. Pupils, citizens and vacationers — a crowd of a minimum of 4000 persons — have been in attendance, by conservative computation.
On this north slope have been grouped the members of the park committee, city board of schooling, and the Russ Highschool orchestra which accompanied the refrain singing of the faculties.
From right here the scene on the other slope was vibrant and shifting in the excessive. Russ highschool had the proper of the line underneath the nationwide colors and their large blue and white banner. On the left was Sherman Heights with their purple and white emblem. Between have been Middletown with pink and gold. B road with blue and gold, H road and green and yellow, East with purple and blue, Fifth Ward ted and College Heights with blue and white. In addition to their giant banners almost all of the pupils carried small pennants. All have been enthusiastic and each “recurring pause” was improved by the cheers and chants of the totally different courses.
Promptly at 10 o’clock Cornetist Frank Wyatt sounded the “reveille,” and as the last clear notes died away, President Baker of the board of schooling who presided over the ceremonies, announced…