Old Town, San Diego

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    Old Town

    by 10110 Updated Mar 17, 2003

    This is the site of the first Spanish civilian settlement in California, Pueblo de San Diego. I likes the old town very much. The old buildings in "western style" that now are shops and the good resturants.

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    Bazaar del Mundo, Old town

    by 10110 Written Mar 17, 2003

    This is a area where there are shops and restaurants and in the middle of it all a stage with live performances. When I was there it was Mexicans dancing pretty intresting and entertainment. Try the famous Margaritas for only $2. It was very good.

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    Old Town

    by Bwana_Brown Written Mar 16, 2003

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    View of Old Town

    A complex of older buildings located in downtown San Diego has been preserved as a tourist shopping area, and is known as Old Town. This is also the location where the Trolley-tour of the town starts and ends. Photo of one of the buildings in mid-morning before the crowds have built up.

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    Visit the Old Town District

    by spartan Updated Feb 28, 2003

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    Mission in Old Town

    San Diego's first settlement was actually on Presidio Hill, above Old Town. After Mexico seized control of the area from Spain, however, the mission was moved up the valley, and a new town center was established down the hill, on the present site of what is now Old Town. When New Town San Diego (now the Gaslamp Quarter) was established by the Americans in 1867, Old Town sank into the doldrums and was preserved largely intact.

    Designated a state historic park in 1968, Old Town's six "official" blocks are bounded by Wallace, Juan, Twiggs, and Congress streets. Eight original adobes remain after a devastating fire in 1872, though many other buildings have been restored or rebuilt.

    Shops and restaurants are open into the evening. Call in at the visitor information center, located in the reconstructed Seeley Stables (2648 Calhoun St.), for maps and brochures, and to join the free walking tours at 2 PM daily.

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    Old Town State Historical Park

    by basstbn Written Feb 25, 2003

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    General view of Old Town State Historical Site.

    Spainish settlers and clerics established footholds in what is now southern California when America was in its early stages of white colonization. As a result, San Diego and other cities in the area are older than one might think. The oldest settlement area of San Diego has now become a state historical site and a popular destination. Besides the recreations of early businesses, you can find some neat shops and an array of outstanding restaurants featuring Mexican food. (See my section of restaurants regarding Casa de Bandini.)

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    Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town San Diego

    by BEBA_Y_BEBO Written Nov 10, 2002

    Here you can savor San Diego's most festive dining, with fun-filled patios, famous margaritas and the best in Mexican cuisine and experience the sights, sounds and flavors, splashing fountains and renowned mariachis. Sixteen international shops for unique, hard-to-find international treasures and collectibles...... a colorful, whimsical shopping extravaganza truly!

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    Old Town San Diego

    by sunnywong Updated Oct 29, 2002

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    A state historical park holding a number of original adobe dwellings, plus the inevitable souvenir shops. The stores and restaurants stay open until 10pm or later, but the best time to be around is during the afternoon, to enter the more interesting of the adobes on the daily free walking tour (2pm). Details are available from the visitor center at Seely Stable, off the central plaza (daily 10am–5pm; tel 619/220-5422).

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    In 1542 the Spanish first came...

    by Juliet67 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    In 1542 the Spanish first came to what is now San Diego, but settlement did not start until 1769.
    In 1821 Mexico won independence from Spain, and along with it, California.
    In 1848 the Mexican War saw the annexation of California to the United States.

    From about 1868, San Diego's 'New Town' began to be built in what is now the Gaslamp Quarter. This led to a general decline of Old Town up until 1969 --the 200th anniversary of San Diego- when the city's Bicentennial celebration returned Old Town to the public eye, and to the heart of San Diego.
    From here you can find: hotels, shops, restaurants, map,or just take a photo tour of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
    For a real thrill, tour Old Town's Haunted Places.

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    Old Town San Diego

    by Burtty Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Old town San Diego is an attractive place for me. It is a historic places with some nice buildings in the local old style. There are some shops there to sell some unique souveniers in indian and mexican styles. It was interesting to see the jumping beans there. It is said that the insents left their eggs in the beans so when the baby insents came out from the egg, the beans would vibrate.

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    El Campo Santo Cemetery

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jan 27, 2008

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    This is the original cemetary in Old town and contains many historic graves, including Yankee Jim.. Yankee Jim was the first man hung in San Diego and his ghost is supposed to haunt the Whaley House.

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    Old Town San Diego

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 23, 2005
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    Old Town San Diego is where it all began. Learn about the city's early histroy, and explore the way life used to be here. Plenty of good shopping and restaurants are here.

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    The Old Town: this area is...

    by shivan Updated Oct 9, 2003

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    The Old Town: this area is full of old-style shops. It is BEAUTIFUL!!!!
    Located in central San Diego, it is a sort of open-air museum showing how San Diego itself was during nineteenth century.

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    Old Town

    by bellatrix Written Mar 27, 2003

    Old Town San Diego is a cute, touristy area with lots of historical attractions. There are some nice restuarants and shops down there.

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    Old Town

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 8, 2003

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    Old Town

    This is a historic quarter north of downtown where you will find early Hispanic settlements all preserved in a living museum. Lots of period shops and restaurants serving early California cuisine.
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    Old Town San Diego

    by Scottyj36 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Traditional origional settlement of San Diego. some old buildings and a beautiful church. A nice place to walk around.

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