20,000 BC - 1896: Prehistoric - Mission - Rancho

1896 - 1924: Town - Agriculture

1925 - 1951: Community Growth

1952 - 2001 Cityhood

2002 - 2022 70th Anniversary


1542 - Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, sailing for Spain, claims "California" for the crown.

1602 - Sebastian Vizcaino anchors off Point Loma, and names San Diego Bay.

1769 - Sacred Expedition - First written historical document of Carlsbad by Father Crespi

1798 - Father Lausen established the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

1821 - Mexico gains independence from Spain

1844 - Rancho San Francisco changes name to Rancho Agua Hedionda

1848 - California becomes part of the United States of America

1860 - Rancho Agua Hedionda changes ownership to Frances Hinton

1870 - Hinton dies, wills Rancho Agua Hedionda to Robert Kelly

1880 - Robert Kelly gives right of way to railroad through Rancho Hedionda coastal land

1881 - John Frazier settles on Government surveyed land north of Rancho Agua Hedionda

1883 - Frazier discovers artesian and mineral water near coast

1886 - Capitalizing on Frazier's discovery, the real estate development company "Carlsbad Land and Water Company" is formed. It purchases Frazier's property and additional acreage north of Rancho Agua Hedionda and establishes the town of Carlsbad

1887 - Building lots subdivided, building boom in Carlsbad

1890 - Robert Kelly dies, wills Rancho Agua Hedionda to nieces and nephews

1900 - Land bust in Southern California- Carlsbad almost abandoned

1914 - South Coast Land Company purchases remaining land from defunct Carlsbad Land and Water Company

1922 - Water piped in from the San Luis Rey River allow development of Flower and avocado industry

1927 - Highway 101 diversion completed through Carlsbad, State highway bypasses downtown business district.

1930 - Carlsbad Mineral Springs Hotel opens- tourism industry born in Carlsbad

1936 - Army Navy Academy moves to Carlsbad

1937 - Leo Carrillo purchase Matthew Kelly homestead Los Kiotes

1940's - WWII comes to Carlsbad, houses demand increases

1952 - City of Carlsbad incorporates

1954 - I-5 Freeway connect Carlsbad to Oceanside

1956 - Carlsbad City's first city library established

1959 - Palomar Airport opens

1966 - I-5 from La Costa to San Diego opens

1969 - Plaza Camino Real Shopping Mall opens

1972 - La Costa annexed to City of Carlsbad

        - Car Country Carlsbad opens

1981 - Carlsbad Triathlon begins

1999 - Lego Land opens

Appendix I - Carlsbad TimeLine 2002-2022

2002 City of Carlsbad Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of incorporation

2003 Carrillo Ranch Opens to the Public

2004 Magee Park Barn Restored

2005 50th anniversary of Voters approved a 1.25 million construction bond that funded building Carlsbad High School- the first high school ever built in Carlsbad

2006 Prop D- Strawberry Fields Tails voted in, and California State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appears at Carlsbad High School and announces plans for education funding

2007 Ray Pachett, City Manager for 20 years retires

2008 Learning Center Opens, and Carlsbad changes from a General Law Municipality to a Charter City

2009 New Village Arts opens at Foundry and Carlsbad High School Renovated

2010 Kelly Elementary School Shooting

2011 Twentieth Carlsbad Annual Marathon

2012 Bud Lewis DeSal Plant Construction begins

2013 Sage Creek High School Opens

2014 Poinsettia Fire and Alga Norte Park opened

2015 No On A Ballot and Bud Lewis DeSal Plant opens

2016 Carlsbad City libraries; Dove and Cole renovated

2017 City transitions to District specific voting for City Council Members

2018 Carlsbad Small Stack Energy Center goes online

2019 Carlsbad's first church St. Michael's Celebrates its 125th anniversary

2020 Global Pandemic Covid 19

2021 Fire Station #2 razed

2022 Encina Power Plant /smokestack razed

2022 Interstate I-5 lane widening

Appendix II- Elected Officials

Election of Mayors by Electors- 2002

Mayor Claude "Bud" Lewis 2002-2010

Matt Hall 2010-2022

Council Members

2002-2004 Mark Packard and Matt Hall

2004-2008 Ann Kulchin and Norine Sigafoose

2006 Norine Sigafoose resigns

2006-2008 City Council Appoints Julie Nygaard to fulfill Sigafoose’s term

2006-2010 Matt Hall and Mark Packard

2008- 2012 Ann Kulchin and Keith Blackburn

2010-2014 Farah Douglas and Mark Packard

2014 Farah Douglas Resigns

2014 March- City Council Appoints Michael Schumacher to fulfill 8 months of Farah Douglas’s term

2012-2016 Keith Blackburn and Lorraine Wood

2014-2018 Mark Packard and Michael Schumacher

2016- 2020 Keith Blackburn and Cori Schumacher

2018-2022 First District Elections District 1- Barbara Hamilton; District 3 Priya Bhat- Patel

2019 -Barbara Hamilton resigns

2020 Special Election Cori Schumacher District 1 to fulfill Barbara Hamilton’s term

2020 -2024 Nov. Election District 2 Keith Blackburn; District 4 Teresa Acosta

2021- Cori Schumacher Resigns; District 1- City Council appoints Peder Norby

2022 - Keith Blackburn elected Mayor for 4 year term

2022 - Melanie Burkholder elected to City Council for 4 year term

2002 City Clerk Lorraine Wood; City Treasurer- Jim Stanton

2006 City Clerk Lorraine Wood; City Treasurer- Harold Mc Sherry

2010 City Clerk Lorraine Wood; City Treasurer- Jim Comstock

2014 City Clerk Barbara Engleson; City Treasurer Craig Lindholm

2018 Barbara Engleson; City Treasurer- Craig Lindholm