Carmel Valley

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Carmel Valley lies east of I-5 and Del Mar on the northern edge of the City of San Diego.  The earliest settlers were California Indians who left artifacts and metates along the Carmel Creek bed.  A Spanish soldier named the area Cordero; early American settlers named other areas such as McGonigle Canyon after themselves.

The Butterfield stage and pony express system ran along what is now El Camino Real.  In 1905, a group of Carmelite nuns built a monastery and dairy in the area changing its name again.  The area was agricultural and devoted to horse farms until the mid-1970s. 

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