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Old Town San Diego, San Diego
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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, located in the Old Town neighborhood of San Diego, California, is a state protected historical park in San Diego. It commemorates the early days of the town of San Diego and includes many historic buildings from the period 1820 to 1870. The park was established in 1968. In 2005 and 2006, California State Parks listed Old Town San Diego as the most visited state park in California.In 1969, the site was registered as California Historical Landmark #830. Then on September 3, 1971, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Old Town San Diego Historic District.HistoryThe first European settlement on the West Coast of the present-day United States was the San Diego Presidio, a military outpost of Spanish California, founded by Gaspar de Portolà in 1769. Mission San Diego de Alcalá was founded by Father Junípero Serra the same year. The Presidio and Mission were originally built on a bluff, Presidio Hill, which is now the site of the city-owned Presidio Park and which is immediately adjacent to Old Town State Historic Park. After 5 years the Mission moved to a location several miles upriver at the present site of Mission San Diego de Alcalá. Presidio Hill remained the primary settlement for several decades because it was defensible against attack by European enemies or hostile Indians. As the need for defense decreased, settlers preferred to live at the base of the hill because of greater convenience. In the 1820s the town of San Diego grew up at the base of the bluff, at the site commemorated by Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The Presidio was abandoned and fell into disrepair.
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  • To get a flavor of San Diego, you must visit Old Town. There are many shops that have fun gifts to buy, but more importantly, there are many awesome Mexican restaurants to eat at. Take an afternoon/ev...  more »
  • I am squeamish about taking guests to many touristy spots - but Old Town is BIG, fun to walk around in (lots of FREE little museums - the Wells Fargo one is cool) and the outdoor market area with stag...  more »
  • It had been at least 8 years since I visited old town. Fun to return. It is well preserved & presented 'live museum' A great way to learn about the history of San Diego. Fun shops incorporated within ...  more »
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  • Old Town San Diego is the most fabulous place.With long walk of Mexican Restaurants genuin food, gift shops,life music"Mariachi and versatile musical groups"and the structural cunstruccions of a grate Historical City.
  • Be a Mexican for a while! Worth a visit
  • Fun place, sooo much to do!!
  • Overpriced!
  • A hidden gem of San Diego
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