CARLSBAD — If you are new to Carlsbad, you may have wondered about the history of your new city. What is the story behind the historic building with the unique architecture in the village, now called the Ocean House? Where was the artesian water and the well that the town was founded on, and do the mineral springs still exist?
Even if you have lived here all your life, you may still have some unanswered questions.
If so, you may want to join other residents when the Carlsbad Historical Society hosts an open house and book signing from 3 to 5 p.m. May 17.
The Carlsbad Historical Society, in the Magee House in Heritage Park, is located on Beech Street, across from the original mineral wells along Carlsbad Boulevard.
It will be a unique opportunity to stop in and see old photos hanging on the walls of one of the oldest houses in the city and learn the history of the area from those who have family roots tracing back to the days of incorporation, or even further.
The history of Carlsbad has also been documented in at least three well-known books, and a handful of lesser-known publications.
Charles Wesley Orton put a book together years ago titled “Carlsbad, An Illustrated History.” Several years later, Marge Howard-Jones held a series of in-depth interviews with local well-established families and compiled an illustrated book, “Seekers of The Spring.” More recently, Susan Gutierrez put together a book for the city of Carlsbad, where she updated the history in her book “Window of the Past, an Illustrated History of Carlsbad.”
Just this year, history has been updated once again in a photographic book, which is part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America Series.
All books will be available at the Carlsbad Historical Society‘s open house. For more information on the open house, tours or any of the books, contact the Carlsbad Historical Society at (760) 434-9189.