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Palm trees mark the edge of West Point Loma Boulevard as it meanders down to the beach. Its wandering path marked the edge of the San Diego River. Many of the little beach cottages on the street had docks on the river. Long ago, San Diego River river emptied into both San Diego Bay and False Bay (Mission Bay). There was a train that crossed the wetlands to connect Point Loma to the rest of San Diego.

In the fifties, Mission Bay was created from the wetlands. A jetty was placed between the river and the newly dredged channel. Robb Field and Dusty Rhoades Park were created from dredged material so the link between the river and the street is no longer apparent.

Famosa Slough remains as a cherished bit of these wetlands. Other lagoons between Mission Bay and Oceanside Harbor remain undeveloped. There have been many plans to 'improve' these lagoons but public resistance prevented development. Recently some changes have been allowed to promote the lagoons' ecological health. Many have been designated as bird sanctuaries which makes development more difficult.

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