Coronado History – July 27,1917
On this day in Coronado history, Congress passed a Condemnation Act, acquiring the 1,232 acre North Island as a site for permanent military base. At the time, both the Army and the Navy were operating on North Island. John D. Spreckels, not happy about losing a big portion of his property, had planned to develop North Island just as the rest of Coronado had been developed, with homes and businesses. Spreckels eventually sued the Federal Government and was awarded over $5 million.
This image taken one year later gives you a pretty good idea of what North Island looked like at the time.