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San Diego

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Located in the Old Town neighborhood, this site commemorates the early days of San Diego. It includes many historic buildings from the period 1820 to 1870. The Park established in 1968 is listed in the National Historic Register and is considered the birthplace of California being the first permanent Spanish settlement. Occupying six square blocks on the site of the original Pueblo of San Diego, historic buildings include La Casa de Estudillo, La Casa de Bandini, La Casa de Altamirno Pedrorena and the Mason Street School. Just up the hill is Heritage Park with notable Victorian homes that were relocated and authentically restored. A short walk down San Diego Avenue is the Whaley House, Little Adobe Chapel and El Campo Santo, 1850 Catholic Cemetery. Visit the original, reconstructed buildings and furnishings illustrating the ambiance of 1800’s San Diego. Visitors enjoy the history through exhibits, living history demonstrations and walking tours of the Park.