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Granger Music Hall
1615 East 4th Street
Ralph Granger, who struck it rich in the silver mines of Colorado and was making $5,000 a day through the 1890's, located his family on an estate in Paradise Valley (8th Street).His love of violins led to his purchase of a large and expensive string collection, which prompted him to hire San Diego architect Irving Gill to build a private music hall for him near his house.
Brick Row on Heritage Square
909 A AvenueDesigned by San Diego architect R. C. Ball (who designed Folsom Prison), it was constructed by Frank Kimball in 1887 for $30,000.These 10 individual row houses were to be used by the executives of the Santa Fe Railroad.This architectural style is unique to this region and was molded after the row houses of Philadelphia and similar eastern cities.It was hoped that the railroad VIP's would not only feel at home surrounded by familiar architecture, but also be impressed by the cosmopolitan appearance of the young city.All the apartments have a formal dining room with fireplace, a kitchen, a parlor with fireplace, a butler's pantry, and four bedrooms upstairsSanta Fe Rail Depot
W. 23rd Street
Built in 1882, the Santa Fe Rail Depot is the only original transcontinental railroad terminus in the United States that is still standing. On November 14, 1885, the first train left from National City to Waterman (renamed Barstow in 1886), 78 miles from its transcontinental link in San Bernadino.
St. Matthews Episcopal Church
521 E. 8th Street
In 1872, the Kimball brothers donated a parcel of land for the future
building of a church. The Episcopal Society was organized in 1882 and Frank
Kimball was elected secretary. St. Matthews Church was built five years later.
Designed by Chula Vista architect William Herman, it was patterned after an
English Countryside church.
National City Railcar Plaza
840 West 24th Street
Once owned by Natioinal City founder Frank Kimball, the railcar played a
significant role in transportation, serving as the region's first commuter-type
train dedicated to passengers. Even the legendary Wyatt Earp rode the
The Original 1887 No. 1 Car of the old "MOTOR CANNON BALL" excursion train now on display at the National City Railcar Museum.
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