Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 14, 2015

Ocean View Relics

From Cliff Kellogg

The Ocean View Store was located where the fire department is now. There is a photo of it at the fire station with a sign “Ocean View Store” clearly visible and a wood structure in the foreground that was the actual store. In the background is a car at a gas pump and a “Shell” gas sign also visible. The caption states that it was replaced in 1936. Apparently it burned around that time and the current house was constructed soon after. I was never sure why they called it the Ocean View Store since you couldn’t see the ocean until the Poomacha Fire burned through in 2007. Now you can clearly see the ocean from the fire department property.

I had Shirley Thompson come down to the fire station a few years ago to meet with an archaeologist who was doing some work for the department. She indicated to us that when her family owned the property with the Bergman’s in the early ’50’s the remnants were still visible. She said the pumps were situated between the side of the house and the side of the existing fire station building. The store was located about where the front of the station is now.

The archaeologist submitted a report for the department that has some good info. The old concrete steps from the store is still on the property, shoved up against some rocks under the oaks in front of the property. A buried concrete structure on the north side of the house in front of the cellar access appears to have been a possible oil changing/car repair pit. An extensive can dump with old bottles and ABC beer cans was excavated. Many relics were collected by the archaeologist and are now stored at the San Diego Archaeological Center on San Pasqual Valley Road.


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