Faculty Publications

Steven Schoenherr

Chula Vista: A Century of People and Progress



The one-hundred year history of Chula Vista, the city that started as the “Lemon Capital of the World” and grew into the 7th fastest growing city in the United States is told through the eyes of acclaimed historian and retired USD history professor Steven Schoenherr.

Taking the reader decade by decade, Schoenherr brings to life the historical facts and personal recollections of residents, business leaders, educators, and local government and leads us to understand why Chula Vista’s legacy is California’s hope and future. Full-color maps of the city’s growth and over 200 historic photos highlight the development in industry, commerce, politics, culture, and most important, the legacy of community this city is built on.




Steven E. Schoenherr, PhD, is professor emeritus of history at the University of San Diego. He received his BA from Indiana University and his MA and PhD from University of Delaware.