This image is the cover for the book Legendary Locals of Carlsbad, Legendary Locals

Legendary Locals of Carlsbad, Legendary Locals

A collision of cultures in a seaside resort community, Carlsbad sits on a seven-mile stretch of white-sands beach idyllically located on the Pacific coast of north county San Diego. The idea of Carlsbad began in the late 1880s when two small groups of entrepreneurs ascended, simultaneously, from both the north and the south. The first group discovered natural mineral springs, which they promoted to tourists as having healing powers. As a result, the town became a very popular resting point for the rich and famous when traveling by train from Los Angeles to the famed Del Mar horse races. Subsequently, the Mexican Revolution began to the south and drove a second group of visionaries to Carlsbad. Thus, the quaint downtown area, known as the Village, was created along with a vibrant Barrio. Incorporated in 1952, Carlsbad remains, today, a tight-knit community of multigenerational and uniquely talented locals.

Cynthia Mestad Johnson

A native Californian and a Carlsbad transplant, Cynthia Mestad Johnson has lived and volunteered in the community for 23 years. A US history teacher and an author of historical nonfiction, Johnson feels tremendously fortunate to live on a hill overlooking Agua Hedionda Lagoon and the Pacific coastline with her husband, Bill, and their legendary dog, Poop Deck.

Arcadia Publishing