History of Santee, Ca.

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HOS houses an extensive and comprehensive collection of manuscripts, printed material, artifacts and images that document social, cultural, and family history of our community. A copyright notice is attached to all personal details, documents, illustrations, images, videos, etc. A number of these virtual collection are not the property of HOS, therefore, no part of the contents may be reproduced, copied or stored without prior written permission.

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Anyone remember this place owned by "Van". Thank you Jam Mac for sharing the matchbook cover and info. Lloyd "Van" Van W...
03/02/2021

Anyone remember this place owned by "Van". Thank you Jam Mac for sharing the matchbook cover and info. Lloyd "Van" Van Winkle, 81; owner of Wild Bills and Van Winkle's in Santee. Lloyd Van Winkle known to most as "Van" was born January 23, 1925 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. He was a long time resident of San Diego County. He died September 30 of natural causes. He was 81. Van was a local fixture in Santee, recognizable by his mane of white hair. He owned Wild Bills which later became Van Winkle's a family restaurant known for it's Arkansas style BBQ ribs and weekend live entertainment. He gave back to his community by hosting various charity events which helped to fund projects for The Home of Guiding Hands and Edgemore Geriatric Hospital. Van is survived by his long time love and companion of 36 years, Sonia, daughters Janet Frey of San Diego, Susan Wolfkeil of Bend, Oregon, three granddaughters, Sarah, Renee and Kathybrothers, Billy, Bobby and W.S., sisters, Lois, Claretta, Theda, Mildred and Frances.

I love these elves. This cause brings me happiness to participate in! This year "Santee Rocks" painted 400 holiday rocks...
12/17/2020
Elves Pay Seniors in Santee a Visit for the Holidays

I love these elves. This cause brings me happiness to participate in! This year "Santee Rocks" painted 400 holiday rocks to add to the goody bag. Santee Proud!

NBC 7’s Joe Little has more on how holiday cheer is spreading in Santee.

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10/23/2020

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Do you have a special Veteran in your life that you would like to be recognized on Veteran's Day? We are collecting photos of some of our local heroes/veterans to displayed on Veteran's Day this year.

Please submit photos to [email protected] by Friday, October 30. Photos could be used in various City marketing campaigns. Any photo(s) submissions are in acknowledgement and acceptance of the terms of use. Terms of use can be found on the City’s website.

This is a photo that Mr. Graf took showing, in the circle, the future home of the Wagon Wheel in Santee. The photo of th...
09/17/2020

This is a photo that Mr. Graf took showing, in the circle, the future home of the Wagon Wheel in Santee. The photo of the couple are owners John, lovingly known as Johnnie, and Irene Graf. Last photo is the only known photo of the WW being built. Mid 1940s
Thank you to Bob Orcutt for cleaning up the photos. 🥰

09/17/2020
KPBS

Harriete Wade, making sure we don't forget who founded Santee!! https://www.facebook.com/6673896747/posts/10157868644041748/

Ever wonder what it’s like to name a town after yourself? This episode of Ken Kramer's About San Diego talks about how George A. Cowles founded and established a town all by himself, Cowlestown, which is now a city in San Diego that you may know. Watch the full episode today on the PBS app or at 8 p.m. Thursday on KPBS-TV.

I often purchase historical books, newspapers, postcards, etc. The many things I discover range from endearments to murd...
09/14/2020

I often purchase historical books, newspapers, postcards, etc. The many things I discover range from endearments to murders. In this album is a note written to Annette, the owner of the album, in which her then love writes what seems like a sad goodbye note...I always wonder if war spared him his life 🥺

I think these are doable 😜
09/14/2020

I think these are doable 😜

09/03/2020
10 Commercials from the 40s

10 Commercials from the 40s

Here are 10 commercials from the 1940's, the first entry in my new series covering commercials from the 40s all the way to the 2000s! Purely for entertainmen...

Some then and now, enjoy!
08/25/2020

Some then and now, enjoy!

Come join Santee's peaceful protest FREE CONCERT  #musicmatter
07/23/2020

Come join Santee's peaceful protest FREE CONCERT #musicmatter

Quite neighborly!
06/24/2020

Quite neighborly!

06/23/2020
Children's Masks Now

If you still need masks for your children Style Cleaners are making them. They are located by the Navy Federal Credit and Best Buy shopping area in Santee. Ask for Charlene, she's awesome at making these masks fit perfectly!!

06/11/2020
City of Santee

Something to look forward to...
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Santee Salutes – Look to the sky on the 4th of July

Boom! Fireworks are happening in Santee on July 4!
A virtual at-home celebration followed by fireworks due east & west (2 simultaneous shows, Town Center Community Park East and West Hills Park)

The 80z All Stars will rock your 4th of July with a virtual concert, including a patriotic flag ceremony and more!

Links and details will be posted closer to the event.

Firework locations will be closed to the public to ensure compliance with the public health order.

In addition, the Santee Summer Concerts are currently postponed, with modified/virtual offerings coming later this summer.
#4thofjuly #santee #santeestrong #independenceday #fireworks

Thank you for the share Bob Orcutt!
05/30/2020

Thank you for the share Bob Orcutt!

A very special person in Santee has left us yesterday to be with the angels.Buddy you will be missed, Santee has lost a ...
04/29/2020

A very special person in Santee has left us yesterday to be with the angels.
Buddy you will be missed, Santee has lost a gem in a box of rocks. You have done more for Santee's seniors than anyone I know. You are irreplaceable. Prayers for the family 🙏

A lil history fun. Have you seen these "Witch" windows in South Park? Uncommon around here, but very common in Vermont. ...
04/27/2020

A lil history fun. Have you seen these "Witch" windows in South Park? Uncommon around here, but very common in Vermont. No, witch windows weren't to keep the witches from flying in your home, other than looking odd, they do have a purpose. When people added a side wing to their homes, this new addition typically obscured the gable wall, or old side of the house. This meant losing a lot of ventilation and light in the rest of the house. However, sometimes there wasn't enough room on the outside wall to install a regular window, and putting in a custom-built window wasn't cost-effective. In the interest of practicality, they just tilted the window at a 45-degree angle to make it fit. The tilted window still let in light and homeowners could still open it to allow fresh air into the house. And, in many cases, the window was repurposed from leftover materials from construction of the new addition. An imaginative and earth-friendly solution, even back in the 1800s.

Some ghost pics included in comments
04/21/2020

Some ghost pics included in comments

From 1909 through 1910, Frank Whaley renovated the Whaley House and remodeled the front façade and porch. These alterations coincided with the establishment of the Los Angeles & San Diego Beach Railway down San Diego Avenue (note the tracks directly in front of the house.)

The façade was strengthened by replacing the five original French windows on the upper level with three windows and changing the five sets of double store doors on the ground floor to one set of doors and two windows. The porch was also redesigned at this time and constructed shortly after this photo was taken.

Image SOHO/Whaley House Collection.

#SOHOMuseums #WhaleyHouse #WhaleyHouseMuseum

02/24/2020
Skateland Santee California

We need this back!! Recognize yourself in here let us know!

Great skaters Jack, Karyl and friends at Skateland Santee, San Diego, California

Santee’s Mast Park to Reopen After Year-Long, $10M Renovation
01/31/2020
Santee’s Mast Park to Reopen After Year-Long, $10M Renovation

Santee’s Mast Park to Reopen After Year-Long, $10M Renovation

A popular park in Santee — and the community’s oldest park, at that — will reopen Saturday after being closed for a year-long renovation that has readied the park to “serve the next generation.” Mast Park – located at 9125 Carlton Hills Blvd., near the San Diego River – closed on Dec. ...

Bring your aspiring softball players!!! Team USA will be in Santee on March 9th and 10th at the Sportsplex USA in Santee...
01/08/2020
Have a Special Softball Fan in Your Life? Get them Tickets to See the Women’s National Team!

Bring your aspiring softball players!!! Team USA will be in Santee on March 9th and 10th at the Sportsplex USA in Santee. March 9th will be the only day you’ll be able to participate in a Team USA Youth Camp that will include on-field instruction with world-class athletes. Participants will learn offensive and defensive techniques to take their game to the next level. Team USA members will also discuss the mental aspect of the game and how to train your mind like a champion. Clinic is open to athletes from age 8-18 and players will be separated by age and skill level in order to provide the best and most appropriate instruction to each player. Autograph session will immediately follow the camp. GOOOO TEAM USA!!!

This Christmas, gift the special softball fan in your life with tickets to see the Women’s National Team as they train for the Tokyo 2020 Games!

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Hi everyone! I am a Content Creator and Social Media manager for a prominent Realtor here in East County. I’d love to feature some vintage photos of areas within East County on our page with permission (I’d also love to credit you) if you want to comment photos below or DM me! Thank you!
Wooohooooo...proud of Santee!
Wondering if you have any photos of Lowery Field? It was the baseball diamonds located where the park is now on Carlton Hills Blvd. I remember the fields flooded in 78' (or maybe it was 76'), but they were named after my Grandpa. Would be awesome to see :)
This McKeen Motor car ran through Santee back in the day
Maybe not filmed here, the opening to On Any Sunday looks like 1970 Santee.
Ok question of the day. On the corner of Buena Vista and Cuyamaca there is a small dirt lot. What used to be there? My husband has lived here for 35 years and does not remember anything being there. Thank You.
The city's namesake
Founder of the Santee Historical Society
Hello Santee! The San Diego River needs your vote! The River Park Foundation is in the running to win $55,000 grant, and we are 300 votes behind! It only takes a few seconds to vote, can you spare some time to help us win these funds to care for the River Park, in Santee and across the county?