Escondido History

Location and Hours

Pioneer Room

Pioneer Room

247 South Kalmia St.
Escondido, CA  92025

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

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Pioneer Room

Local History Archive

The Pioneer Room was established in 1992 with a bequest from historian Frances Beven Ryan. It houses the Library's collection of local Escondido history and genealogy research materials.

Digital Reel

  • PLEASE NOTE: This resource is only available on Library computers and the wireless network in the Library.
  • Digital Reel allows access to Escondido newspapers published prior to 1995. This includes The AdvocateThe Escondido Times, and The Times Advocate.

What's New


Bring us your photos of Escondido to have them digitally preserved, and widely accessible, forever!

Not only will your photos be professionally scanned by designated archive staff, they will become part of the local history of San Diego County.


The Pioneer Room is now on HistoryPin!

Ever wonder where the historic buildings of Escondido were located? Have you ever wandered along Grand Avenue and thought about what a business or restaurant used to be? Fear not! The Pioneer Room is now on Historypin, a website that "pins" photographs to geolocations. Features allow for searches by date and address, or to make comparisons between the past and present.

Explore the historic buildings of Escondido here: Escondido Historic Building Collection.


Start Your Search

Archival Collections

Archival Collections

Explore the Pioneer Room's archival and digital collections.

Genealogy Resources

Genealogy Resources

Search for information on family members.

Property Resources

Property Resources

Discover the history of your home or property.

Other Reference Materials

Other Reference Materials

Other reference materials include maps, telephone directories, and newspapers.



Research Requests

You may contact our staff to request a newspaper and archive search.

Pioneer Room Desk

Have a question?

Want to donate materials to the Pioneer Room?

Call: 760-839-4315

Pioneer Room Calendars

Pioneer Room calendar

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