Join us at the library for a history of our border region or peruse this website with over 50 oral interviews and 1,000 archival photographs.
The Chula Vista Mayor, Mary Casillas Salas, is a descendant of three generations of South Bay locals. Her grandparents were known to welcome newcomers to the city. She and many of her relatives have dedicated themselves to local public service.Read More
Mexico declared independence from Spain in 1821. At that moment, San Diego and the South Bay became Mexican territory. Many families received land grants and are considered the first families to settle and create communities in San Diego.Read More
Tijuana City (which later became part of San Ysidro) was a thriving border town. Prohibition in the United States brought celebrities and tourists to 'Vice City,' while card dealers, jockeys and border barons lived here.Tijuana City