San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation

San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation (HM25X7)

Location: San Diego, CA 92101 San Diego County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 42.832', W 117° 10.609'

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The Celebration

Over the next four days the city's reception committee, headed by William Kettner, who would one day become the region's representative in the U.S. Congress, welcomed the men of the Fleet with an endless series of balls, guided tours, dinners, teas, and stage plays.

In response to the city's festive welcome, the fleet sent 64 companies of officers, bluejackets and Marines who paraded down Broadway. More than 75,000 excited onlookers watched while Governor James Gillett officially extended the state's welcome.

An editorial in the Evening Tribune stated: "It was only after the great American armada reached the port...that the people of this country awoke to the fact that San Diego was on the map."

San Diego made quite an impression on the Navy. In a speech during the grand review, a naval offical said, "San Diego." On December 4, 1910, the cruiser USS California sailed into the newly-dredged harbor and anchored near what is now known as G Street Pier located to your left.
HM NumberHM25X7
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Date Added Sunday, March 11th, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 483429 N 3619580
Decimal Degrees32.71386667, -117.17681667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 42.832', W 117° 10.609'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 42' 49.92" N, 117° 10' 36.54" W
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Area Code(s)619, 858, 949, 310, 510,
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego CA 92101, US
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I Saw The Marker

This series of historical markers "San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation" are located on the bow of the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway, a floating museum of naval aviation. The markers are actually a series of panels with the text given here and in addition pictures and maps. This second marker tells of the celebration as the U.S. Navy in the form of the Great White Fleet paraded down Broadway in San Diego in 1908. I took a number of pictures of the first two panels that are about the Great White Fleet. In order to see the markers you need to get tickets and enter the museum which is well worth doing. The coordinates appear to be correct as it points to the bow of the aircraft carrier where the panels are located.

Feb 24, 2020 at 6:01pm PST by gseibert

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