25 Facts About Point Loma


Point Loma is a seaside community within the city of San Diego, California.

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The term "Point Loma" is used to describe both the neighborhood and the peninsula.

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Point Loma has an estimated population of 47,981, according to the 2010 Census.

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Point Loma is historically important as the landing place of the first European expedition to come ashore in present-day California.

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Ballast Point got its name from the practice of ships discarding their ballast there on arriving in San Diego Bay and taking on ballast as they left for the open ocean.

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The southern portion of the Point Loma peninsula was set aside for military purposes as early as 1852.

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William Hawley Bowlus, the Superintendent of Construction on the Spirit of St Louis and a resident of Point Loma, built the first American sailplane, the Bowlus SP-1, and flew that aircraft along the west side of Point Loma to establish new American endurance records.

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In light of these accomplishments, Point Loma was named as a National Landmark of Soaring by the National Soaring Museum in 1996 with a plaque near the launching area at the Cabrillo National Monument.

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Best known landmark in Point Loma is the Old Point Loma lighthouse, an icon occasionally used to represent the entire city of San Diego.

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The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is partially open to the public and has been refurbished to its historic 1880s interior.

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Point Loma is recognized as a National Landmark of Soaring of the National Soaring Museum because of the many record flights that took place along the promontory.

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Overlying the Point Loma Formation is another Late Cretaceous deposit called the Cabrillo Formation, which crops out in various areas of Point Loma.

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Parts of Liberty Station and Point Loma Village are fill land, reclaimed from sand spits and wetlands surrounding the Bay.

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The only remnant of the formerly extensive wetlands in Point Loma, aside from the riverbed itself, is a city-owned nature preserve called Famosa Slough, which branches off from the river near its mouth.

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The streets in Point Loma Village are lined with hundreds of jacaranda trees as a result of community beautification efforts.

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The east-west streets in Roseville and Point Loma Portal are known as the "alphabetical author streets".

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The southern one-third of the Point Loma Peninsula is entirely federal land, including Naval Base Point Loma, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, and Cabrillo National Monument.

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Main economic engines of Point Loma are military facilities, neighborhood-serving retail, and marine recreation, particularly yachting and deep-sea fishing.

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Point Loma area has a number of hotels, restaurants, and local businesses.

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Point Loma is home to several major military installations including the US Navy's SPAWAR program, the US Marine Corps' Recruit Training Depot and Naval Base Point Loma.

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The Navy controls approximately 1,800 acres of Point Loma and provides employment to about 48,000 military personnel and civilians.

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Point Loma contains a few small neighborhood parks and the Cabrillo Recreation Center.

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Some portions of the Point Loma peninsula are not under the jurisdiction of the city, including the federal and military lands as well as the bayside tidelands governed by the Port of San Diego.

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Point Loma has several public, charter, and private schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as multiple private preschools, an adult school and a university.

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Interstate 8 freeway follows the northern edge of the Point Loma peninsula, paralleling the San Diego River, and terminates a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean.

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