La Mesa Historical Society hosts Saturday morning lecture on the new Grossmont Hospital history book

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.


The La Mesa Historical Society will host a lecture on Saturday, Jan. 20 featuring local historian Jim Newland discussing his latest book on the history of Grossmont Hospital. The lecture, which is open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Grossmont Healthcare District Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Requested admission donation is $5 per person. For more event info, visit or call (619) 466-0197. To RSVP, visit

The book, “Grossmont Hospital: A Legacy of Community Service,” chronicles the history of Grossmont Hospital as one of the most revered local community institutions in La Mesa and the East County. The La Mesa hospital, owned by the citizens of the East San Diego County region, opened in 1955.

The 153-page book, published by The History Press, will be available soon in local book stores and can be ordered online now through the publisher’s website, as well as Amazon. Books also will be available for signing by the author at the Jan. 20 event.

Newland, author of “Around Mt. Helix, “La Mesa” and “Cleveland National Forest,” partnered with Grossmont Hospital and the Grossmont Hospital District in chronicling the inspiring story of this iconic regional institution. The longtime La Mesa resident is past president of the La Mesa Historical Society and has served on the La Mesa Planning Commission since 2014.