San Ysidro – Busiest Land Border on the Planet
San Ysidro, the southernmost community of San Diego, on the border with Mexico, greets and over 50 million border crossings each year. The name comes from the Patron Saint of Farmers – Isidro. Legend has it that as a mortal, he once fell asleep and angels cultivated his crops as he slept.
The Kumeyaay Indians were the first known inhabitants of the Tijuana River Valley area where San Ysidro now sits.
The San Ysidro had been part of Mexico until the political border was formed in 1848.
In 1909, journalist and irrigation expert William Smythe came to the area and founded the Little Landers Colony – a unique agricultural settlement which flourished during the years, 1909-1916. Smythe and his followers believed a family could, on one acre of land, not only support itself, but make money selling the produce to San Diego. The motto of the settlement, “A Little Land and a Living,” expressed the working principle of the colony. The Little Landers Colony was destroyed in 1916, when heavier-than-normal rains flooded the entire Tijuana River Valley area – only sparing the “village” of San Ysidro.
The City of San Diego annexed San Ysidro in 1957.
San Ysidro has transformed through the years from an Indian village, to a Mexican pueblito, to a white, middle-American farm colony, to a racially eclectic border town, to the southern-most community of the City of San Diego, politically and geographically isolated from San Diego proper.
San Ysidro is truly a land of opportunity. Home to the busiest land border on the planet, commercial and economic opportunities are only limited to one’s imagination…
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