The county’s second-largest city celebrates its centennial. More details at chulavista100.com
The Early Days
The history of the area known as Chula Vista, can be traced back millions of years through prehistoric fossils of both land and sea types. Around 3000 B.C., Yuman-speaking people began moving into the area. Many of the Native American Indians in San Diego today are descendants of the Kumeyaay tribe who roamed here for hundreds of years.
The Orchard Period
In 1888, the Sweetwater Dam was completed to bring water to Chula Vista residents and their farming lands. Frank Kimball became the State Commissioner of Agriculture and discovered citrus trees to be the most successful crop for the area. Chula Vista eventually became the largest lemon-growing center in the world for a period of time.
On October 17, 1911, an election was held in Chula Vista to incorporate and the people voted in its favor. The State of California approved this Act of Incorporation in November.
With a name roughly translating into Spanish for “beautiful view,” Chula Vista sits on the Pacific coastline, the second largest city in San Diego County.
A masterly planned community, deliberately settled and developed during the 19th century, Chula Vista continues to expand east and grow as a modern suburbia with small town values. Only 10 minutes south of San Diego, Chula Vista is comfortable beach living – without being too far – removed from the bustle of San Diego’s metro.
Chula Vista’s Location in San Diego
Chula Vista is 7 miles south of downtown San Diego and 7 miles north of Tijuana and the US/Mexico border. To Chula Vista’s east is Bonita, and to its west runs the Pacific coastline.
Chula Vista’s major freeways include the San Diego 5, 905, and 15 freeways, which run north/south into Mexico, and the State Route 125, which runs northeast to connect to the 67 and 8 freeways.
Chula Vista is served by its own Chula Vista Elementary School District, and colleges in Chula Vista include trade schools International University for Nutrition Education, Pacific Southwest School Association of Realtors, Pima Medical Institute, Rop Career Center, and Southwestern College.