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c. 1888 — A Decided Place

Hotel founders, Elisha Babcock and Hampton Story, Jr., along with San Diego developer Alonzo Horton, survey Coronado beach, c. 1886. Although neither Babcock nor Story had experience in the hotel business, they were so inspired by the natural beauty of Coronado that they decided to buy the island and build a magnificent hotel, one that would be “the talk of the western world,” a hotel where “people will continue to come long after we are gone."

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