With sponsorship from the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project, I’ve conducted history walks in Sunnyside since 2015. There are currently three different walks, each with different subject matter, routes, and photos. Space is limited on all walks. Reserve your spot now: SunnysideHistory@gmail.com.
Upcoming Sunnyside History Walks:
- Sunday 13 August / “Beating the Bounds”: A walk around the original edges of Sunnyside.* (10 am–1pm) This vigorous walk touches on many wonders and stories from our 125 year history — Sunnyside’s first saloon — the two parks on the north — the forest on the west — Mohr’s Subdivision — the Ingleside Jail on the south — and loads of stories in between. Exclusive photos available nowhere else. We trace the periphery of the neighborhood as determined in 1891 when Sunnyside was laid out. Covers 4.5 miles. Level: strenuous, including several hills.
- Saturday 14 October / A Walk Down Mid-Century Monterey Boulevard. (11am–1pm) Learn about the shops, businesses, and restaurants that once lined our commercial district, from the 1920s to the 1980s, and how things changed. Hear stories I’ve collected from longtime residents, see photos available nowhere else. Less than one mile. Level: easy.
- Saturday 4 November / Sunnyside: The Early Years. (11am–1pm) What was life like at the turn of the century? Find out about the first school, where the lost creek once flowed, hear stories from early families, see where the coal-fired power plant once stood. Photos and stories available nowhere else. Covers 1.8 miles. Level: easy.
Suggested Minimum Donation $10 to help support future GPNHP activities — or join the GPNHP ($15 per year) and receive a pass to attend the walking tour that day. SunnysideHistory.org is part of the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project, which sponsors other local walks — more information here.
* To find out what “beating the bounds” means, visit Wikipedia’s page on it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beating_the_bounds