"Alpine" Alpine by Yaqui

Alpine Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 32 photos

The first to live here were the Kumeyaay people who found this place to be abundant of water sources, mild climate, and good hunting. By 1782, Spanish explorers would pass through this area and eventually settled here building their vast rancho's. The Don Jose Antonio Aguirre family owned over 8,000 acres of it 1848. By 1857 a mail & passenger route was established by San Antonio & San Diego Mail Lines. Sadly this business ended by 1860, but the wagons of pioneers kept streaming in and the first post office was established by Henry J. Whitney, which was later sold to Charlie Emery.

George Washington Web built the Julian-to-Banner Toll Road, which was completed in 1871. A year later, Mr. Webb and his family moved into his "Alpine Ranch", in what is now called Harbison Canyon. By 1885 the community began to grow. In 1874, John Stewart Harbison was the premier apiarist and producer of honey in California. Harbison settled in Alpine and became by far this county's leading beekeeper.

Captain Adam Beaty, who came to Alpine in 1869, who had a homesteaded on Tavern Road. He was a School Board Trustee. Edward and Caroline Foss arrived with two small sons in Alpine in 1876 and would add four more to the family. Mrs. Fosses sister Dr. Sophronia Nichols, came to Alpine in 1888 and established a practice as Alpine's first doctor.

Soon by the 1890's this area became a place for the San Diegians to escape the city life for the fresh air. Resorts became popular and roads improved by the 1920's. Alpine Boulevard was built as the new Highway 80, bringing more automobile traffic through town. It still holds it's country charm and invites visitors to explore such beautiful surroundings.

  • Last visit to Alpine: Jan 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2014 at 5:08 AM

    Alpine looks like an interesting little place. Nice photos!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Love the old houses :)

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    I like the old historic buildings.

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    I knew that if anyone beat me to an Alpine Page it would be you. You have a much better Alpine Hall photo!

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Jan 15, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      I walked passed it. It looked like a nice place. It had a patio.

    • Basaic's Profile Photo
      Jan 16, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      I wrote a tip on it. You can see what it looks like there.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    I like all the different styles of housing here.

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2012 at 6:49 AM

    What pretty little buildings Dee! I haven't been up here for a while. Thanks for the tour!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    Love the charming old houses, esp the Beatty House.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2012 at 4:39 AM

    Lovely old buildings - very different from what I most associate with California. I was surprised to read that the Beatty house is based on traditional British folk houses though as I've never seen anything quite like that over here - it looks very American to me!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2011 at 3:44 AM

    Looks like there are many charming old wooden houses in Alpine!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    What a great historic place. Since I love architecture, I was happy to see the various structures. Another super page, Dee.


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