The History of San Clemente

Posted by on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 at 7:46am.

San Clemente is a city located on the Californian coast, in between Los Angeles and San Diego in the southern part of Orange County.  It is known best for its laid back, surfing atmosphere and colonial style Spanish architecture. The city’s slogan is "Spanish Village by the Sea", which goes hand in hand with how all of the buildings and houses were built.

Western White House San Clemente

Nixon's "Western White House" is located in San Clemente because he bought part of the H. H. Cotton estate, and named it “La Casa Pacifica”, but it is more commonly known by the previously mentioned name. The house sits right about the Trestles, which is a world famous surfing spot, and even though most United States presidents do not surf, many still vacation at the “Western White House”.  During Nixon’s time as President, many other famous world leaders visited the house, including Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev and Prime Minister of Japan Eisaku Sato. Before Nixon purchased the home, it was known to host Franklin D. Roosevelt’s card games as well.

There are not too many overly large sources of jobs in the city, with the city having the third most amount of employees at 306. Only two companies employ more people in the city, with ICU Medical employing 400 people, and the Capistrano Unified School District employing 553 people.

The school district has six elementary schools, three middles schools, one high school, and one virtual school to serve the city. They have an International Baccalaureate program along with many different advanced placements course in order to help graduating students to be well rounded and able to enter into more prestigious universities.

San Clemente was the setting of the MTV reality show called Life of Ryan. The Orange County city was also the setting of the movie Brick, with most of the sets being identical to the real city.

Read more about San Clemente at San Clemente History.

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