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General Paul B Malone inspecting soldier, circa 1935


"A communication was received from his honor, the Mayor requesting the co-operation of the Board in a protest to Brigadier General Riley conducing this Military Division, in relation to the Military reserve at the Playa of San Diego.…"
By Resolution the Council agreed to unite with the Mayor in such protest.  June 17, 1850

PDF icon Minutes and Ordinances 1850 - 1874

Due to its strategic location on the Pacific Coast, its proximity to the international border and the protected naval anchorage, San Diego was a primary base of operations for the Army in the 19th century.  In 1868 the City Council granted significant portions of Point Loma, to the Federal Government guaranteeing continual interactions with the military. 

In the 20th century, military operations expanded in San Diego with a major naval presence supplemented by marines and air bases.  In the 21st century Naval Base San Diego is the principal homeport of the Pacific Fleet.


U. S. San Diego Barracks Document Collection:

PDF icon 7_May_1883_Port_Surgeon_Eustace_Trenor

PDF icon 7_May_1883_Captain_F Whitney_Infantry_Post_Commander_re_Unsanitary_Conditions

PDF icon 4_June_1883_Captain_Infantry_F Whitney_re_Target

PDF icon 1_September_1877_Lieutenant_Colonel_J Kelton_Return_of_Arms_to_the_US Army

PDF icon 1_September_1877_Western_Union_Telegraph_to_D Mccarthy


Mayor's Proclamation:

PDF icon 5_September_1917_Bid_God_Speed_to_Boys_Who_Go_to_War_Today

PDF icon 13_September_1917_Declaring_a_Half_Holiday_Account_for_Boys_Going_to_War