Friends of the Descanso Library

Descanso Branch Library - 9545 River Dr. (619)445-5279
Library Hours       Tues. - 12pm -7pm Wed. & Thurs -10am - 6pm Fri.& Sat. - 10am - 5pm Hours Sunday– Monday Closed
Main Library Catalog - use this link to request books.


Tales about people and places around Descanso

Don Russell has generously
donated his father's photographs
to the Friends. He has annotated
the photos in the following articles:

Around and About East San Diego County

Imperial County

Forestry and Lookout Towers

A Little of This and That

Mixed Photos

Hulburd Grove*

*This magazine is available for purchase
at the Descanso Branch Bookstore.
Published by the Friends History



Articles about the Descanso Branch Library

The Little Library That Could...Did

Student March of Books

Early History of the Library

Read the 100 year anniversary proclamation.

If you have stories or photos to share about early years in Descanso, Ca., please email our webmaster.

The following tales were written by our dear friend Jenny Belle Bowman.

Inez Gorton: Descanso's first librarian

Nancy Walters: A lover of Descanso

The McCoy family: Builders of rock houses

Herbert and Meave Sharman

Interview with Don Russell: Don shares his father's historical photographs.

How the first electricity reached Descanso

Stonewall Mine: Stagecoach stops in Descanso, Benjamin Arnold

Kumeyaay: Territory and Population


Articles by Other Authors

Kumeyaay: Founders, Tribes, Gather History by Maureen Brown
(Use your computer's back arrow to return here)

The Stone Houses of Descanso *

*Calendar published by the Friends History Committee