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By Jennifer A. Garey, San Clemente Historical Society

Within the Nineteen Twenties, San Clemente founder Ole Hanson anticipated a "Spanish Village" at the Pacific coast midway among l. a. and San Diego. His urban might have streets that the normal contours of the land. Sunny shores and ideal weather enticed many to settle during this fascinating neighborhood. identified for its hospitality and neighborly surroundings, the town grew to become host and residential to dignitaries comparable to Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Pres. Richard M. Nixon. this present day, specialist surfers, skate boarders, and small companies name San Clemente home--the ideal position for paintings and rest.

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The courtyard welcomed not just presidents yet many different dignitaries and heads of kingdom, either international and family. The Nixons loved it because the Western White apartment in the course of his presidency and as their domestic till 1980, whilst it used to be offered to Nixon’s pal, Gavin Herbert. the center-piece of the courtyard, which is still there this day, used to be the brightly coloured tile fountain crowned with a sculpted cherub. Seven THE PRESIDENT whilst NIXON MOVED IN months after taking workplace, President Nixon and the 1st family members have been searching for a place in California to take advantage of as a Western White condo. Fred Divel, grandson of Roy Divel, who was once one of many first citizens, were a volunteer in Nixon’s presidential crusade in San Clemente and steered the H. H. Cotton property. Fred Divel despatched pictures of the property to Nixon’s consultant John Erlichman. inside a number of months, the Nixons bought the house from Hamilton Cotton’s widow as their inner most place of dwelling and referred to as it l. a. Casa Pacifica. this can be the welcome banner at El Camino and Del Mar. (Photograph via Doris Walker; courtesy of Pat Bouman. ) In 1978, San Clemente celebrated its fiftieth birthday and the Nixons participated. The H. H. Cotton property, now the house of a sitting President, needed to be built with mystery provider and verbal exchange units. New cell strains have been installed. The H. H. Cotton Gazebo the place FDR could play playing cards used to be now a mystery provider publish. A U. S. military send sat off shore day and evening to guard the country’s chief. (Courtesy of Pat Bouman. ) this is often los angeles Casa Pacifica or the Western White apartment in 1971. President Nixon, Pat Nixon, daughter Julie and her husband, David Eisenhower, stand on the front in their new San Clemente domestic. many of the furniture have been introduced from their former big apple residence. David and Julie used the adjacent small visitor cottage once they visited, whereas daughter Tricia had a room mainly condo. (Courtesy of Pat Bouman. ) President Nixon may sometimes attempt to slip out of sight with out his traditional entourage. He will be stumbled on assembly with neighborhood citizens, both in entrance of a store on Del Mar or, as pictured right here, at Concordia institution conversing with schoolchildren. The picture is signed via President Nixon to Marguerite Sheets, a Concordia instructor. (Courtesy of Pat Bouman. ) right here President Nixon is buying downtown with pal Charles “Bebe” Rebozo in 1970. He had simply bought a field of sweets for spouse, Pat Nixon, and stopped to speak with neighborhood citizens prior to returning to the Western White residence to spend Memorial Day Weekend along with his family members. (Courtesy of Pat Bouman. ) In June 1973, after assembly first on the White condominium and Camp David, President Nixon and top-rated Brezhnev flew to San Clemente, the place the talks persisted. After many beverages, they retired. Brezhnev retired to Tricia’s room, adorned in girlish motif, after he refused the presidential lodgings at Camp Pendleton. His safety guards stayed in Julie’s room. (Courtesy of Pat Bouman. ) listed here are President Nixon and preferable Brezhnev signing the Strategic fingers issue Treaty (SALT) outdoors San Clemente’s Western White apartment in 1973.

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