Captain Thomas Ritchie

Legendary Captain Thomas Ritchie  1809 – 1872

Cabo San Lucas. Dibujo de John Ross Browne. Año 1867 or 1868
Drawing of the Cabo San Lucas arch and rock formations . Dibujo de John Ross Browne. Año 1867 or 1868

Captain Ritchie was a singular man and outside the common way of life.  He had an adventurous spirit which distinguished the first pioneers of this coast, and owned a generous heart always ready to give of its abundance when needed.  He had that peculiar faculty which sees justice from an abstract point of view, and was guided by the internal principles of his conscience rather than the dictates of convention or the urgency of the laws of society.  When a boy of only seventeen years, he fled an English whaling ship and settled in Cabo San Lucas for more than 50 years.  He had two Mexican spouses (though some say seven).  He founded a great family and by the last years of his life was an absolute judge in the district whose word was considered law. http://www.thomasritchieincabo.com/contenido/biography.html

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Drawing of Captain Ritchie´s house in Cabo San Lucas.

Captain Ritchie´s house in Cabo San Lucas is a hearth to adventurers of all parts of the world.  Admirals, commodores, captains, common sailors and pirates all took refuge there.  Miners, merchants and cattleman all made use of the house.  In a word, the door was open to all.  All that have money can pay; to those who do not he gives food and drink for their companionship from his generous heart.  No traveler went away from his door without rest and support.  Since the opening of the mines San Antonio and Triumph, Captain Ritchie has done a good business bringing passengers and cargo to the mines.  Whalers find it advisable to arrive at the house with fresh beef so that there is always enough meat for all.
Source: “Mazatlán Decimonónico” by Antonio Lerma Garay.

Cabo San Lucas Harbor and Bay Views

VIew of Cabo San Lucas Harbor, from Pedregal, 22 August 2004.
VIew of Cabo San Lucas Harbor, from Pedregal, 22 August 2004. Joseph A, Tyson
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View of Cabo San Lucas harbor and bay from Pedregal. Photo September 2002 by Joseph A. Tyson.

Aerial View of Cabo San Lucas Bay, Harbor, and Medano Beach. Photo May 1993 by Joseph A. Tyson.

Aerial View of Cabo San Lucas Bay, Harbor, Medano Beach, and part of the highway.
Photo May 1993 by Joseph A. Tyson.

 

View of Cabo San Lucas Bay, Harbor, Marina, and Medano Beach. Photo February 1993 by Joseph A. Tyson.
View of Cabo San Lucas Bay, Harbor, Marina, and Medano Beach.
Photo February 1993 by Joseph A. Tyson.

 

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Hacienda Beach Resort, Cabo San Lucas. Date and owner unknown. Please contact me.
Hacienda Beach Resort, Cabo San Lucas. Date and owner unknown. Please contact me.

 

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View of Cabo San Lucas Bay and Playa el Médano.Photo February 1993 from Land’s End. © Joseph A. Tyson OldCabo.com • LosCabosMagazine.com • LosCabosGuide.com
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View of Cabo San Lucas Bay and Playa el Médano.Photo February 1993 from Land’s End. © Joseph A. Tyson OldCabo.com • LosCabosMagazine.com • LosCabosGuide.com

Hotel Solmar

Photos of Solmar Group hotels, Playa Grande, Hotel Solmar, Solmar Suites, Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa, and Solmar Beach from 1989 to 2017.

Grand Solmar Resort Spa, Cabo San Lucas March 2017. Photo Joseph A. Tyson
Grand Solmar Resort Spa, Cabo San Lucas March 2017. Photo Joseph A. Tyson
Grand Solmar Resort Spa, Cabo San Lucas March 2017. Photo Joseph A. Tyson
Grand Solmar Resort Spa, Cabo San Lucas March 2017. Photo Joseph A. Tyson
Hotel Solmar Cabo San Lucas circa 1992
Hotel Solmar Cabo San Lucas circa 1992
Solmar Beach and Hotel c1995
Aerial View Solmar Beach and Hotel c1995
Playa Grande Resort, Hotel Solmar and Solmar Beach c1995
Playa Grande Resort, Hotel Solmar and Solmar Beach c1995
Hotel Solmar and Solmar Beach, on the Pacific Ocean in Cabo San Lucas, Photo November 1989 by Joseph A. Tyson.
Hotel Solmar and Solmar Beach, on the Pacific Ocean in Cabo San Lucas, Photo November 1989 by Joseph A. Tyson.
Aerial view of Solmar Suites Hotel, Cabo San Lucas • Photo February 1990 © Joseph A. Tyson
Aerial view of Solmar Suites Hotel, Cabo San Lucas • Photo February 1990 © Joseph A. Tyson
Solmar Beach, Solmar Suites, Solmar Beach, Bay, and town in background. Photo September 2005 by Joseph A. Tyson.
Solmar Hotel, Solmar Suites, Solmar Beach, Cabo San Lucas Bay, Medano Beach and town in background. Photo September 2005 by Joseph A. Tyson.
Aerial view of Capella Pedregal, Finisterra, Playa Grande, Terra Sol, Solmar Suites, and Grand Solmar, along the Pacific Ocean with the marina and harbor in the background. September 06, 2012 © Joseph A. Tyson
Aerial view of Capella Pedregal, Finisterra, Playa Grande, Terra Sol, Solmar Suites, and
Grand Solmar, along the Pacific Ocean with the marina and harbor in the background.
September 06, 2012 © Joseph A. Tyson

San Jose del Cabo

A Land Before Time
Our guide may be short, but San José del Cabo—known as simply San José among locals—has a long, rich history. Forty thousand years ago, the San José region was known as Añuiti (“place full of reeds”) and populated by the Pericue Indians, who were very tall and strong and in possession of advanced maritime technology. The Pericues lived on the land, feasted from the oceans, and left later generations tales of their lives through mysterious paintings on cave walls. Through the years, the land now known as San José del Cabo was fought over and lost, rebuilt and destroyed, cherished or sold by many peoples: the English, the Spanish, the Pericues, and even pirates.

Spanish galleons made their way to San José del Cabo in the 17th and 18th centuries. They would stop, it’s said, to replenish their water supplies in the Río San José during their long voyages to Asia. The town’s mission was founded in 1730.

Now San José is the municipal seat for Los Cabos and home to amazing restaurants, magnificent hotels, quaint shops, beautiful architecture, warm people, and safe streets.
Excerpt from Los Cabos Magazine. http://www.loscabosmagazine.com/2013/09/my-favorite-weekend-san-jose-del-cabo/

San José del Cabo power plant building in 1957. Photo by Howard E. Gulick.
San José del Cabo power plant building in 1957. Photo by Howard E. Gulick.

 

San Jose del Cabo town square, April, 1957. Photo by Howard E. Gulick.
San Jose del Cabo town square, April, 1957. Photo by Howard E. Gulick.

 

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Fisher’s Hotel, San José del Cabo, April 209, 1957. Photo by Howard E. Gulick.

 

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San José del Cabo downtown Plaza and Church August 2005 • Photo by Joseph A. Tyson

 

Palacio Municipal, downtown San José del Cabo, August 2005. Photo Joseph A. Tyson.
Palacio Municipal, downtown San José del Cabo, August 2005. Photo Joseph A. Tyson.

 

The Municipal Building or Town Hall of San José del Cabo. El  Ayuntamiento, calle Miguel Hidalgo en el centro de San José del Cabo. Photo © Bruce Herman c. 1998
The Municipal Building or Town Hall of San José del Cabo. El Ayuntamiento, calle Miguel Hidalgo en el centro de San José del Cabo. Photo © Bruce Herman c. 1998

 

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Palacio Municipal, The Municipal Building or Town Hall of San José del Cabo. El Ayuntamiento, calle Miguel Hidalgo en el centro de San José del Cabo. Photo taken June 22, 2015 © Joseph A. Tyson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palacio Municipal, downtown San José del Cabo, 2013.  © PhotoMexico.com
Palacio Municipal, downtown San José del Cabo, 2013. © PhotoMexico.com

Source: http://www.loscabosmagazine.com/2013/09/my-favorite-weekend-san-jose-del-cabo/

San Jose del Cabo, c. 1910http://raulverdugo.blogspot.mx/2012/06/san-jose-del-cabo-anuiti.html

San Jose del Cabo, c. 1910
http://raulverdugo.blogspot.mx/2012/06/san-jose-del-cabo-anuiti.html

La Misión Jesuita, se estableció por primera vez , cerca de la costa, donde los Josefinos, conocemos  el lugar como Las misiones, a un lado del cementerio actual de San Jose del Cabo,  pero pronto se trasladó ocho kilómetros  hacia el interior, hoy San José Viejo. 

The Jesuit Mission was first established near the coast, where the Josefinos, the place known as missions, aside from the current cemetery of San Jose del Cabo, but soon eight kilometers inland moved, now San José Viejo.
http://raulverdugo.blogspot.mx/2012/06/san-jose-del-cabo-anuiti.html