About the walk
The La Mesa Historic Rail Walk through the city's new Civic Center and historic downtown is 1.2 miles long with level sidewalks that will transport you back to a time when antiques, mom and pop businesses, and classic cars were a way of life. A favorite destination of San Diegans for the past 100 years, enjoy the small town feel with great cafes enveloped in street art and murals. See the Central Congregational Church pipe organ donated in 1930 in memory of Henry Porter at a cost of $6,500. See the plaque on the Wolfe Building at 3rd and La Mesa Blvd. and learn the Flying A Studios history of Allan Dwan who directed 150 films in La Mesa and then directed Lon Chaney Sr., Shirley Temple and later The Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), with John Wayne at Camp Pendleton. This route consists of sidewalks and civic pathways, good signage, and is dog and wheel chair friendly.