Fallbrook, CA Attractions - Architecture
- The Lilac Bridge over I-15 at the southern entrance to Bonsall/Fallbrook. This is the famous bridge that has dramatic soaring arch construction. You can get a great view of it in person by looking south from Highway 76, just east of the "Arizona crossing" of a gully just east of I-15. You can get a great web view of it by looking at Gaylord Moxon's Photo Album.
- The "Old 395" bridge is just south of the Lilac Bridge.
- "Hanging" Bridge over De Luz creek (like in Tarzan or Indiana Jones movies)
- The "Bridge to Nowhere" is an historic 1925 bridge across the San Luis Rey River immediately west of the Highway 76 bridge. It has been used for filming at least once. Around 1995 it became a "border-crossing" bridge for some movie. (Anyone know the name of the movie?)
- De Luz 1906 One-Room Schoolhouse
- De Luz Postoffice - the smallest postoffice you'll every see. It has just enough room for a person to get inside and put mail into the post office boxes along the outside wall! Found at De Luz Ecology Center.
- Fancy new Barn along S. Mission at Macon Way.
- Geodesic Dome Houses:
- East of Lilac just south of Couser Canyon Road.
- On top of hill north of intersection of Twin Oaks Valley Road and Gopher Canyon Road.
- Log cabins:
- 1920 Eucalyptus log cabin on a "dirt road off Alvarado Street", possibly the only such structure in San Diego County. Source: NCT 4/4/99, B1, B6.
- 1650 Acacia Lane
- 3127 Alta Vista
- "Ski-Lodge" type house (like at Mammoth) on Gopher Canyon Road just west of Avohill Drive.
- A "tree-house" made entirely out of wood and originally supported by two oak trees at Rancho de Mil Sorpresas in Fallbrook. Solid wood posts were added later to support the house. Featured in Enterprise, 6/26/97, B1, and on KFMB Channel 8. The structure and windows are still the original ones built in the 1920s. The tree house is situated on 12 acres that has several other houses on it.
- Arizona-style landscaping at house on southeast corner of Via Giannelli and W. Lilac Road.
- Beautiful arch-covered driveway, formed by ~10 pairs of cedars? (the tall, thin trees) that are tied together, at 10,085 W. Lilac Road.
- Interesting names for properties:
- Casa Encantadora on Morro Hills Road
- Guacamole Acres at ~20,000 W. Lilac Road.
- Hare Hill Ranch, with beautiful "Bugs Bunny" sign, at 9902 W. Lilac Road.
- Farmer riding a tractor most of year, but he turns into a Santa Claus, an Easter Bunny and a Pilgrim during holidays. 3045 Alta Vista across from Rancho Las Palmos Dr., the entrance to Bella Vista.
- Parrot mailbox at 3665 Palomar Drive.
Windmachines are used to circulate air through a grove to prevent cool air from settling and freezing when frosts were forecast. There are a number of relict windmachines in the Fallbrook area, as well as a number of very-much-operational ones.
Fallbrook has more than 20 windmills according to Dick O'Brien (Ent, 2/13/97, C6):
- Off Olive Hill Road, near Morro Hills, active wind machine.
- At Palomar Drive and Via Monserate. An aircraft engine, only one blade is left.
- Behind the Last Straw - perhaps the only functioning unit left in area (Ent, 2/13/97, C6).
- off Simon's Barn off South Mission (recent installation - Ent, 2/13/97, C6).
- Aermotor windmill at Palomares House at Calavo Road and Stagecoach Lane (Ent, 2/13/97, C6).
- 3060 Coral Tree Lane. Installed in 1996, imported from Kansas.
- Nickerson's Nursery, 1761 E. Mission at Stagecoach.
- Between Garden Center Cafe and the offices to the North, near 1625 S. Mission.
- Along west side of Brooke, a brightly-painted (red, white and blue?) small windmill.
- At home south of Stagecoach Lane just east of FUHS, a windmill structure sans blades.
- On Iowa Street near Dougherty, Art Sample's 1920s windmill over his hand-dug well.
- Near mile marker 1.2 on Couser Canyon Road.
- Two-blade windmill on Gopher Canyon Road just west of Avohill Drive.
- Allinson Windmills is one of the few suppliers of water-pumping windmills in the Western U.S. Its home is the Allinson Wonderland Ranch, located on 7.5 hillside acres on Puerto de Lomas in Bonsall. Displayed there are a number of new windmills and antique models that are 100 years old.
- Mechanical cutting? cow, along railroad tracks, at 6823 Camino Del Rey, Bonsall, on the west side between Via Mariposa and Camino de le Caballeros. (I haven't seen the cow in 1999, so maybe the cow is gone.)
- Antique tractors at beginning of town on S. Mission Rd. Alas, these tractors were removed by the owner in ~1997, but pictures of them still abound.
- Plastic? Wooden? life-size horse in front of Excelsior Leather on northeast corner of Via Monserate and South Mission Road.
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Last update: 19 October 1999 (typo corrected 26 March 2004).