Landmarks - History, San Diego
J. Jessop and Son's is an old, established jewelers, has a lovely shop in Horton Plaza and it's street clock has become a landmark of San Diego.
In 1907 it was first located at 952 Fifth Avenue, twenty years later, it was moved to 1041 Fifth Avenue and in 1984 it found it's home in Horton Plaza. The clock's history began as an idea thought out in England and not until Joseph Jessop settled in San Diego did it become a reality.
Stories and legends have been told about it, a poem has been written about it and San Diegans have, for nearly 100 years, known the time by it's accuracy. There are 21 dials, marking hours, minutes, seconds, date, week and month and 12 of the dials tell the time of major cities around the world. It has stopped only three times.
1. Mysteriously, the moment it's creator died.
2. When a carriage drawn by horses ran into it.
3. Not surprisingly during an earthquake.
Throughout San Diego such treasures have been honored in such a way to preserve our history. The lovely buildings of the Gaslamp as well are testimony to the active efforts of the San Diego Historical Society and the interest people of San Diego show to remind us of days past.
Jessop's Clock has been removed from Horton Plaza. It has not found another home yet but I'll let you know where it has found a new home.
Phone: (619) 232-6203