Balboa Park artwork near Santa Fe Depot.

Tile mosaic artwork in downtown San Diego near the Santa Fe Depot depicts Balboa Park's iconic California Building and Kate Sessions.
Tile mosaic artwork in downtown San Diego near the Santa Fe Depot depicts Balboa Park’s iconic California Building and Kate Sessions.

The Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego was built to welcome visitors arriving by train for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park. So it’s appropriate that public art near the historic depot contains several historical representations of Balboa Park.

The tile artwork, titled The Tracks We Leave Behind, is a visual timeline of San Diego’s history. The beautiful mosaics were created by Betsy K. Schulz in 2008.

I’ve posted more photos of these amazing mosaics on my Cool San Diego Sights website here and here.

Bea Evenson, founder of The Committee of 100, at Casa del Prado 1971.
Bea Evenson, founder of The Committee of 100, at Casa del Prado in 1971.
First Emperor Penguin born in captivity at the San Diego Zoo.
First Emperor Penguin born in captivity at the San Diego Zoo.
Harry Wegeforth, founder of the San Diego Zoo, doffs his hat while riding an elephant.
Harry Wegeforth, founder of the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, doffs his hat while riding an elephant.

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Lions seen roaming free throughout Balboa Park!

One of two lions guarding the entrance to the Hall of Nations at Balboa Park's International Cottages.
One of two lions guarding the entrance to the Hall of Nations at Balboa Park’s International Cottages.

A multitude of dangerous lions have been spotted roaming free throughout Balboa Park! They leap at visitors unexpectedly, right out of the blue! Is no one safe?

I wandered about the park today and managed to capture some photos of the wayward lions, just in case you don’t believe me. But thank goodness. At no time was I in danger.

A large, fierce lion was seen lurking near the entrance of the Balboa Park Miniature Railroad tunnel!
A large, fierce lion was seen prowling near the entrance of the Balboa Park Miniature Railroad tunnel! Oops–that actually appears to be a work of art–a fantastic mosaic tile sculpture!
A fierce lion romps in a circle with other colorful animals at the historic 1910 Balboa Park Carousel.
A fierce lion romps in a circle with other fantastic animals at the historic 1910 Balboa Park Carousel.
The lion and other fun animals of the carousel are Herschell-Spillman creations, originally hand-carved in North Tonawanda, New York.
The lion and other fun animals of the carousel are Herschell-Spillman creations, originally hand-carved in North Tonawanda, New York.
One of several lion heads high on the happy carousel.
One of several lion heads high on the happy musical carousel.
And another lion on the hunt! Many nostalgic carnival-like images grace the antique carousel.
And another lion on the hunt! Many nostalgic carnival-like images grace Balboa Park’s antique carousel.
A golden lion lurks above the front door inside the House of Scotland!
A golden lion lurks above the front door inside the House of Scotland!
A lion's head roars out a fountain of water in the Casa del Rey Moro Garden.
A lion’s head roars out a fountain of water in the Casa del Rey Moro Garden.
A small fuzzy lion cub peers out of the window of the San Diego History Center's gift shop!
A small fuzzy lion cub peers out of the window of the San Diego History Center’s gift shop!
A koala and lion hang out together at the entrance to the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park.
A koala and lion hang out together at the entrance to the world-famous San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park.
And even more lions have been spotted in Balboa Park, in the mural that wraps around the WorldBeat Cultural Center's old water tower!
And even more lions have been spotted in Balboa Park, in the large mural that wraps around the WorldBeat Cultural Center’s old repurposed water tower!

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Famous animal celebrities at the San Diego Zoo!

Balboa Park visitors walk down main hallway of Casa de Balboa, past posters featuring some animal celebrities of the world-famous San Diego Zoo!
Balboa Park visitors walk down main hallway of Casa de Balboa, past posters featuring some animal celebrities of the world-famous San Diego Zoo!

There’s a fun new exhibit at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park. It’s called The Lore Behind the ROAR! 100 Years of the San Diego Zoo. Like beautiful Balboa Park itself, the world-famous San Diego Zoo originated in 1915. Last year was its centennial!

Along the main hallway inside the Casa de Balboa, near the entrance to the San Diego History Center, visitors can enjoy a series of posters that feature some of the zoo’s beloved animal celebrities. Here they are!

Banner on Casa de Balboa near entrance to San Diego History Center. The Lore Behind the ROAR! 100 Years of the San Diego Zoo.
Banner on Casa de Balboa, home of several museums including the San Diego History Center. The Lore Behind the ROAR! 100 Years of the San Diego Zoo.
Carol the Asian elephant appeared with San Diego Zoo goodwill ambassador Joan Embery on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Carol was also an illustrious painter!
Carol the Asian elephant.  She appeared with San Diego Zoo goodwill ambassador Joan Embery on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Carol was also an illustrious painter!
Hua Mei is a superstar giant panda born at the San Diego Zoo in 1999. Her name means China USA. She now lives in China.
Hua Mei is a superstar giant panda born at the San Diego Zoo in 1999. Her name means “China USA”. She now lives in China.
Diego the Galapagos tortoise, now 130 years old, half a century ago was one of very few surviving males of the critically endangered species. Over many years, he's had roughly 1,700 offspring!
Diego the Galapagos tortoise, now 130 years old, half a century ago was one of very few surviving males of the critically endangered species. Over the ensuing years, he’s produced roughly 1,700 offspring!
Arusha and Anna were a cheetah and dog pair at the San Diego Zoo. They were the best of friends.
Arusha and Anna were a cheetah and dog pair at the San Diego Zoo. They were the best of friends.
Taku was the first polar bear born at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, back in 1942.
Taku was the first polar bear born at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, back in 1942.
Alvila was first western lowland gorilla born at the San Diego Zoo, in 1965. This animal celebrity has been a favorite through the years.
Alvila was the first western lowland gorilla born at the San Diego Zoo, in 1965. This animal celebrity has been a big favorite through the years.
King Tut, a salmon-crested cockatoo, was the San Diego Zoo’s official greeter for forty years! He also appeared on television and in theatrical productions!
King Tut, a salmon-crested cockatoo, was the San Diego Zoo’s official greeter for forty years! He also appeared on television and in theatrical productions!
Puddles the river hippopotamus was a crowd favorite at the San Diego Zoo in the 1930s and 1940s.
Puddles the river hippopotamus was a crowd favorite at the San Diego Zoo in the 1930s and 1940s.

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