History of Cabo San Lucas and Los Cabos
Articles and Blogs detailing the history of Cabo San Lucas and the Los Cabos area of Baja California Sur.
Learn more about the history of Cabo San Lucas and the Los Cabos area of Baja California Sur, Mexico.
This link goes to in index page with a series of articles by Chris Sands, a local historian and writer, telling the story of the history of Cabo San Lucas and the Los Cabos area of Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Many newcomers to Los Cabos confuse the area’s history with its development as a tourist destination, so that the WWII-era pilots and businessmen who built the first hotels and capitalized on the tremendous regional sportfishing are sometimes lionized as “founding fathers.” This mistaken emphasis is not confined to tourists and transplants. Plaza Pioneros (in English, “Pioneer Plaza”) in Cabo San Lucas, for instance, is dedicated to these mid to late 20th century builders: men like Don Luis Bulnes, Luis Cóppola and William Matt “Bud” Parr.
Certainly all three deserve to be honored–as does Abelardo “Rod” Rodríguez–for their immense contributions to the growth of Los Cabos; but in truth, the history of cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo is much more complex, and dates back many thousands of years. And that’s just the human history. Geographically speaking, much of the municipality is almost unfathomably old. The granite monuments that comprise the half-mile Land’s End headland, for example, are estimated to have formed some 30 million years ago.
This site is devoted to showing a pictorial history of Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo and the Los Cabos region of Baja California Sur. We will show images from the most resent date and as far back in history as we can find. We welcome submissions of historical facts and old photographs depicting the area in the early years. The oldest image at this point is a drawing of the arch that dates back to 1868.
We are looking for more old images of the Cabo San Lucas area. Please contact me if you have any old photographs or slides from the Los Cabos area. We are able to scan prints and slides, and in some cases digitally repair damaged photos. Joseph A. Tyson – [email protected] – www.OldCabo.com