Thursday, September 25, 2014
On the east side of Interstate 5 is Legoland and The Flower Fields of Carlsbad California, where flower lovers can walk nearly 50 acres of flowering giant tecolote ranunculus.
The next segment of Historic 101 is probably the longest and most well-preserved segment of original concrete expressway in Carlsbad. A former exit ramp from 101 to Surfside Lane has been removed from service, leaving the old ramp visible to northbound travelers. The original expressway concrete resumes between Breakwater Road and Island Way. The palm trees and turf were not part of old highway landscaping. This kind of landscaping was added when the adjacent residential development was constructed.
101/Carlsbad Blvd becomes an expressway between Avenida Encinas and Poinsettia Lane. there is older bridge railing and earlier standard guardrail in this area. Another lagoon and creek is passed in this area and that is San Marcos Creek and Batiquitos Lagoon.
Carlsbad is an affluent seaside resort city that occupies a 7 mile stretch of Pacific coastline in North San Diego County. The city is located 87 miles south of Los Angeles and 35 miles north of downtown San Diego. Carlsbad is referred to as "The Village by the Sea" by locals.
The history of Carlsbad began with the Luiseno people who located one of their villages, Palamai, near what is today the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. In the 1880's, a sailor named John Frazier dug a well in the area and began offering his water at the train station and soon the whistle-stop became know as Frazier's Station. A test done on a second fresh-water well discovered the water to be chemically similar to that found in some of the most renowned spas in the world, and the town was named after the famed Spa in the Bohemian town of Karlsbad.
The Carlsbad Land and Mineral Water Company was formed by a German-born merchant from the Midwest named Gerhard Schutte along with Samuel Church Smith, D.D. Wadsworth and Henry Nelson. The name of the town followed soon after, as well as a major marketing campaign to attract visitors. The area experienced a period of growth, with homes and businesses sprouting up in the 1880's. Agricultural development of citrus fruits, avocados and olives soon changed the landscape by the end of 1887, land prices fell throughout San Diego County. However , the community survived on the back of its fertile agricultural lands. Carlsbad was incorporated in 1952 to avoid annexation by its neighbor, Oceanside.