Tent City, Coronado, California.
The hard times of the 1890’s depression brought sugar magnate John D. Spreckels into the picture. He fell in love with “The Del” and became the sole proprietor by 1892. He built a grand mansion across the street on Glorietta Boulevard and established Tent City south along the strand. Tent City, with bathing facilities, carnival booths, a Ferris Wheel and dance pavilion, appealed to the emerging middle class who couldn’t afford the hotel. Unlike the hotel’s ‘season’ of attracting visitors from cold climates in the winter, Tent City drew a summer crowd from hot inland California and Arizona - a pattern that continues today. Tent City flourished until 1939.
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