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SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL TOWN OF JULIAN - SAN DIEGO

Historical town of JulianHistorical Town of Julian – Located about 60 miles northeast of San Diego is a quaint mountain town that is worth every minute of the drive. In stark contrast to San Diego’s sand and surf, Julian offers mighty oak trees and clean mountain air.

Julian is where San Diego’s first and only gold rush began. Gold was discovered in 1869 and by 1872 the town had grown to 50 houses, 4 stores, 3 hotels, a schoolhouse, and a great many saloons.

Julian was able to survive after the mines played out because of its climate and rich soil. Apples were first brought to the area in the 1870’s and have won many awards at events like the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Apples have been and still are the core of Julian’s prosperity.

Although Julian is famous for its apple pies, it has much more to offer than just heaven on a plate. Historical Sites abound and it’s difficult not to spot one. Plaques are placed on historic buildings, such as the jail, library, cemetery, and the Grosskopf House. This allows you to learn about the town’s history at your own pace as you meander down Main Street.

For such a small town, activities are abundant. Julian has numerous orchards that allow you to pick your own apples and many of the area wineries are open for tasting tours. The shops and boutiques are quite unique and offer one-of-a-kind shopping. Julian is also home to the Wolf Center. The center promotes awareness and conservation of the Gray Wolf through education, exhibits, and other special programs.

The town is beautiful, but the surrounding mountains are just as picturesque. There are several stables offering Horseback Rides along trails that follow mountain ridges and wooded forests. Miles upon miles of hiking trails allow wonderful viewing of wildflowers, oak and pine trees, wildlife, an Indian village site, and year-round streams. The trails range from suitable for children to moderately strenuous.

Julian is only an hour from downtown, but once surrounded by its tranquillity you’ll think you’re worlds away.

Julian Chamber of Commerce
2129 Main Street
Julian, CA 92036
1-760-765-1857
www.julian.com

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