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Historic Old Town is nestled in heart of San Diego, with over 150 restaurants, shops, and historical sites. Old Town, the Birthplace of California, is just a short walk from the San Diego Trolley Transit Center and a short drive from most San Diego destinations.
Old Town is home to:

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32 Restaurants
106 Speciality Shops
12 Art Galleries
27 Historic Buildings & Sites
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Heritage Park (Victorian Homes)
Presidio Park
Sheriff's Museum
Old Town Trolley Tours
Mormon Battalion Visitors Center

San Diego area attractions:
Balboa Park (5 mi)
Beaches (3.0 mi)
Coronado Island (10 mi)
Cruise Ships (5 mi)
Gaslamp Quarter (4 mi)
Wild Animal Park (25 mi)
San Diego Zoo (5 mi)
Sea World (3 mi)
Tijuana, Mexico (18 mi)
Old Town San Diego

 

ARE YOU PLANNING A GROUP VISIT OR CONVENTION?

Self-guided walking maps are filled with history, games and self-walking tour.
(Quantities of 100 or more will incur a small flat-rate priority-mail postage fee of $8.00) Email your request at: alphabethouse@sbcglobal.net. Thank you.

PLANNING A WEDDING?

Old Town San Diego is the perfect place to make your own history! Surrounded by intimate settings for small wedding groups to hundreds of guests, we are a great place to start your life together under San Diego's blue, sunny skies!

Many of the Old Town sites available are:

• Heritage Park with its cobblestone roads, magnificent Corral tree and beautiful historic Victorian homes,
• Old Town State Historic Park with its 1800's adobe casa gardens, giant trees and romantic ambiance,
• Presidio Park with grassy alcoves nestled in the hillside surrounded by lush plantings and babbling brooks, and
• The Whaley House which offers a historic park under a giant old oak, an 1800's chapel and much more!

 

History of Old Town San Diego

CALIFORNIA'S ORIGINAL PEOPLE

The earliest indications of people living in San Diego date back 9,000 years. They called themselves Kumeyaay. When the Spaniards arrived, they used the word Diegueño to identify the Indians associated with the Mission. In 1542 explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo reported that the native indians, “were good natured and an attractive people.” With the arrival of the Spanish settlements in 1769, many Kumeyaay retreated to the hills.

The FOUNDING of CALIFORNIA

Old Town San Diego is considered the "birthplace" of California. San Diego is the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California. It was here in 1769, that Father Junipero Serra came to establish the very first mission in a chain of 21 missions that were to be the cornerstone of California's colonization. Father Serra's mission and Presidio were built on a hillside overlooking what is currently known as Old Town San Diego. At the base of the hill in 1820's, a small Mexican community of adobe buildings was formed and by 1835 had attained the status of El Pueblo de San Diego. In 1846, a U.S. Navy Lieutenant and a Marine Lieutenant, raised the American flag in the Old Town San Diego Plaza.

In 1968, the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation established Old Town State Historic Park to preserve the rich heritage that characterized San Diego during the 1821 to 1872 period. The park includes a main plaza, exhibits, museums and living history demonstrations.

Historic buildings include La Casa de Estudillo, La Casa de Bandini, La Casa de Altamirno Pedrorena and the Mason Street School, San Diego's first one room schoolhouse. Just up the hill from Old Town San Diego Historic State Park, you'll find Heritage Park where several of San Diego's most notable Victorian homes have been relocated and authentically restored to their original splendor. Just a short walk down San Diego Avenue is the Whaley House, an officially designated haunted house, the Little Adobe Chapel on Conde Street, the first Church in Old Town San Diego and El Campo Santo on San Diego Avenue, a 1850 Catholic Cemetery.

Come visit the original and reconstructed buildings and furnishings that illustrate the ambiance of 1800's San Diego . . . where California Began!

Business Telephone Type
A-Mart @ the Old Town Transit Center (619) 299-2778 Groceries
A. Gunalp, Horologist (619) 296-3638 Watch Repair
A.J. Frank, CFP (619) 497-0244 Financial Advisor
Acapulco Restaurant (619) 260-8124 Mexican Restaurant, Banquet and Meeting Rooms
Access Global Investment Group (619) 209-3540 Real Estate
Alamo Mexican Cafe (619) 296-1112 Mexican Restaurant
Alicia Avila Outcalt, LCSW (858) 344-9440 Psychologists, Counseling
All The Kings Flags (619) 295-9392 Flags, Gift Shop
Alphabet House Publications (619) 491-0099 Marketing, Advertising, Graphic Design, Publishers
Alta Properties / Investments (619) 299-3693 Real Estate
Alvarado House (Provision Shop) (619) 298-7443 Historic Shops
American Radiosurgery, Inc. (858) 451-6173 Equipment
Amore Leather (619) 497-0161 Leather
Amron Corporation (619) 683-5501 Contractors
Anago Cleaning Services (619) 542-0404 Cleaning
Angel's Indian Gift Shop (619) 295-8801 Gift Shop
Anteon Corporation (619) 542-0240 Computer Services
Anthony J. Caputo (619) 297-8480 Attorney-at-law
AOS America's Operator Service (619) 961-1110 Telecommunications
Apache Indian Arts Center (619) 296-9226 Art Gallery, Apparel, Gift Shop
Apartment Constructor, Inc. (619) 291-6677 Property Mgmt.
ARB, Inc. (619) 295-2754 Contractors
ARCO Gas Station (619) 291-1947 Gas Stations
Ariana's (619) 296-3161 Apparel, Gift Shop
Arrow Capital Corporation (619) 295-5897 Equipment
Art Gallery Plus (619) 717-4296 Art Gallery
Artes De Mexico (619) 296-3161 Art Gallery, Gift Shop
Artist & Craftsman Supply (619) 688-1911 Art/Crafts
Atapour Engineering, Inc. (619) 294-8800 Engineering
Ayamba Web Developers (619) 325-5620 Computer Services
Bailey & McGuire Pottery (619) 295-0306 Pottery, Gift Shop
Battelle Memorial Institute (619) 574-4823 Environmental
Bazaar del Mundo (619) 296-3161 Gift Shop & Shopping Center
Bazaar del Mundo Advertising Agency (619) 295-5337 Advertising
Bella Om / Elisa Kreth, L.A.c. (619) 291-2462 Acupuncture
BeneTrac (619) 788-5800 Computer Services
Berta's Latin American Restaurant (619) 295-2343 Latin Restaurant
Best American Technology (619) 297-2550 Computer Services
Beth Israel (Special Event location) (619) 291-9784 Historic Sites
Bikram Yoga College of India (619) 220-6811 Yoga
Bill Paxton / State Farm (619) 543-9697 Insurance
Bilyeu Credit Services (619) 209-3540 Real Estate
Birkenstock Shoes (619) 692-9485 Shoes
Bitterlin Companies, Inc. (619) 718-6550 Real Estate
Bliss Massage & Yoga Therapy (619) 301-1144 Massage
Blue Tech Inc. (619) 497-6060 Computer Services
Bond Photography (619) 295-3780 Photography, Wedding Services
Boosters of Old Town (619) 220-5420 Historical Non-Profit Organization
Brian Bond Makeup (619) 295-3780 Beauty Services
Brides by Demetrios Factory Outlet (619) 295-5282 Wedding Services
Brookstreet Securities (619) 692-3083 Financial Advisor
Burton House (Tea Room) (619) 294-4600 Tea House, Historic Sites
Busy Bea Cleaning Services (619) 504-4899 Cleaning
Byrna D. Bicknell (619) 293-4828 Accounting
Caci-ISS, Inc. (619) 295-1190 Contractors
Cafe Coyote (619) 291-4695 Mexican Restaurant, Banquets/Catering
Cafe Pacifica (619) 291-6666 Seafood Restaurant
California Bath Restoration (619) 299-9499 Contractors
Caltrans (619) 688-6670 Transportation
Capital Benefits (619) 681-1910 Insurance
Captain Fitch's Mercantile (619) 298-3944 Nautical Gifts, Books, Historic Shops
Carol Bateman, Psy.D. (619) 260-1845 Psychologists
Carol Pierce, Ph.D., MFT (619) 299-1043 Psychologists
Carpi & Clay Government Relations (619) 234-0607 Public Relations
Casa de Aguirre (619) 278-0955 Historic Museum, gift shop
Casa de Carillo (Golf Course) (619) 295-9476 Historic Shops
Casa de Estudillo (619) 220-5422 Historic Museum
Casa de Lopez (Restaurant) (619) 260-0305 Historic Shops
Casa de Moreno-Marron (619) 297-3100 Gift Shop
Casa de Pedrorena (Gem Shop) (619) 688-1178 Historic Shops
Casa De Reyes (619) 297-3100 Mexican Restaurant, Banquets/Catering
Casa de Serrano (619) 297-3100 Gift Shop, Pottery
Casa de Wrightington (Pottery Shop) (619) 295-0306 Historic Shops
Casa Guadalajara Restaurant (619) 295-5111 Mexican Restaurant, Banquets & Catering
Casa Machado Silvas (619) 220-5422 Historic Museum
Casa Machado y Stewart (619) 220-5422 Historic Museum
Casa Poquito (619) 298-2039 Gift Shop
Casey Family Programs (619) 543-0774 Foster Care
Celebrity Gems & Jewelry (619) 692-1465 Jewelers
Celia's Fashion Dolls (619) 206-0152 Dolls
Central Texas College (619) 226-6626 Education
Cerasoli Stafford Media Management (619) 501-6254 Advertising
Chapman Appliance Service (619) 298-7106 Appliance
Charter School of San Diego (858) 678-2020 Education
Christian House (Bed & Breakfast) (619) 299-6832 Historic Sites
Christopher Steward (619) 297-8480 Attorney-at-law
Chuck Jones Gallery (619) 294-9880 Art Gallery
Churchill Cigar Lounge & Wine Bar (619) 546-7758 Bar/Sports Bar
Ciao Travel (619) 297-8112 Tour Operators
Cielito Lindo Mexican Imports (619) 692-3211 Gift Shop
Cindy A. Brand (619) 294-8075 Attorney-at-law
City of San Diego Dept. (619) 235-1100 Parks & Recreation
City Sightseeing (619) 296-2400 Tour Operators
Cleaner Image (619) 347-3133 Cleaning
Code Red Fire Protection (619) 306-0098 Fire Protection
Cold Stone Creamery (619) 543-9057 Ice Cream
Colores de Aztlan (619) 296-4461 Gift Shop
Columbia Consulting Associates (619) 491-0208 Real Estate
Columbus Research Inc. (619) 295-4946 Computer Services
Commercial Property Services (619) 298-1145 Real Estate
Cornelia M. Broderer-Schwab, Ph.D. (619) 298-2721 Psychologists
Coronado Livery (619) 542-1924 Transportation
Corral del Rey ORRAL (619) 297-3100 Garden
Corray del Rey (619) 297-3100 Gift Shop
Cosmopolitan Restaurant (619) 297-3100 Mexican Restaurant, Banquets/Catering
Costa Insurance Agency (619) 296-9665 Insurance
Courthouse (619) 220-5422 Historic Museum
Cousins Old Town Candy Shop (619) 226-6605 Confections
Covered Wagon (619) 688-1100 Gift Shop
Coyote Cantina (619) 291-4695 Bar/Sports Bar
CRI Combined Resources (619) 542-1975 Importers
Crittenden (619) 260-6000 Publishers