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.
Share your favorite recipe, the story behind it, and a family photo, and we will turn it into a historic book of Escondido recipes. Participants will receive a copy of the cookbook once published. Materials will be digitized and returned, unless otherwise stated.
For more information please visit: library.escondido.org/recipes
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.
Explore the Pioneer Room's archival and digital collections.
Search for information on family members.
Discover the history of your home or property.
Other reference materials include maps, telephone directories, and newspapers.
247 South Kalmia St.
Escondido, CA 92025
2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. (Walk-in)
3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (Appointment)
See all locations and get driving directions.
Have a question?
If you would like to donate materials to the Pioneer Room, please contact staff at:
You may contact our staff to request a newspaper and archive search.
View historic images pinned to their geographic locations.
Researching Escondido History in the Pioneer Room
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Check out our collaborative presentation with the City of Escondido's Planning Department: