Vista - Old and New

Note: This page is not a function of nor is it sponsored by the city of Vista or any other agency, public or private!

It's Here!!!

The Historic Museum and the RBV Adobe are linked by a new Footbridge. Pictures are now available. Click Here to check it out!!!

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Take the new Virtual Tour of Vista Historic and/or Interesting Places

What Does Vista Look Like? Try this Map of Vista's Attractions and Areas

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What You Might See Coming into Town in the Old Days

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Date last updated: 7 Dec 1998

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The Vista Inn

The Vista Inn as it appeared in the early days in Vista at the corner of what is now Vista Way and Santa Fe Ave (You know that hill at Vista Way and Santa Fe, right?). The building was moved to S. Santa Fe and Escondido Ave. in the 40's and was torn down for the wood in the early 60's.

Another Shot of the Vista Inn

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Downtown Vista ca. 1940

Some early pics along Vista Way:

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Go Check Out The Vista Historical Museum:

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How to Get There:

Map to Museum

Hours: Wed-Sun 10AM to 3PM. It's right next door to Wildwood Park on E. Vista Way. There are lots of old pictures and exhibits and the staff loves to answer questions.

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The Bonsall Bridge

Yes, it's still standing.

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Clearly, the old was classier than the new. Actually, it's kind of nice to be able to walk safely across it now! Just watch out for speeding bicyclists.


More Old Buildings

Remember the old Red Barn Building? (58k jpg)

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Click to see a vintage shot of the Community Church Building (28k jpg)

Here is the Vista Depot , which now serves as the Chamber of Commerce(30k jpg)

Here is the Depot when it was being moved to its current location(43k jpg)

Here's the American Legion Building (22k jpg)

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Here's the old Calavo Avocado Packing Plant

Here's the old High School now Lincoln Junior High

And here is the Jefferson School no longer standing

The back of this card is interesting

This motel is still standing but is mostly residential now

Here's part of a map of the area from the 1919:

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Click here for a full size view (195k jpg)

Click here for a circa 1930 map (195k jpg)

The Spectacular 1996 San Marcos/La Costa Fire

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Click here for another of the fire (small jpg)

And click here for one last look at the fire (small jpg)

Links to Related Sites:

Check out Carlsbad's Carrillo Ranch

Check out a list of California Historic Societies and their websites, if any.

Here is Vista's Official Homepage

The San Diego Historic Society has a page with a couple of old pictures of Vista

The Photo Gallery:

Here is one of the city's small parks (small jpg)

Click here to see Vista's Biggest Man (small jpg)

Here are more of these guys

See it while you still can - Petos Farm Supply (small jpg)

Check out a Vista High- Basketball Game (small jpg)

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