Oceanside celebrates 125 years

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. – Hundreds of people attended a ceremony Wednesday recognizing all the change and growth the city of Oceanside has experienced since it was founded in 1883.

The city of Oceanside celebrated it’s 125th anniversary Wednesday at the Civic Center Plaza.

oside celebration“Oceanside became Oceanside when people would say, ‘let’s go to the ocean side,'” said Kristi Hawthorn with the Oceanside Historical Society. “The city literally named itself.”

Founded by Andrew Jackson Myer, the site of the current Civic Center Plaza was where Myer’s home stood.

The city, at that time, had about 1,000 people. Now it boasts about 200,000 residents.

“We’re still one of those rare cities that has beach front property,” said Mayor Jim Wood.  “You’re seeing hotels being built here, one is going up now.”

The celebration kicked off with music, special speakers, cake and gourmet cupcakes.

“You don’t see any more lemon groves,” recalled Bethel Mae Buchanon.  She came to Oceanside in 1945 from Mississippi to study, and she never left.  Bucha

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non was the first female African American student to graduate from Oceanside High School.

“We’ve got paved roads now,” she added.

The city built a time capsule and filled it with items like historical pictures, a map of the city, and a cell phone.  It won’t be erected for another 25 years when the city celebrates its 150th anniversary.

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