Sunday, January 27, 2019

A Little History...San Diego WEEK 3

San Diego Metro KOA
Chula Vista, CA
January 25, 2019

Gaslamp Quarter
What we enjoy as the Gaslamp Quarter today is a result of the efforts of a few men who decided that San Diego should be a waterfront city.  The father of "New Town", Alonzo Horton, bought several hundred acres of waterfront property in 1867 and the rest is history.  The original center of San Diego is located in what is know as Old Town.  
The Gaslamp Arched Sign was designed in 1986 and installed in 1990. The original cost of the sign was $150,000 and total weight is six tons.

In contrast to the much older original "Old Town", the city installed about 50 Gas Lamp Street lights in the "new modern part of town".

By the1880s, New Town was booming.  Wyatt Earp was one of many who came to take advantage of the city's growth.  He operated three gambling halls, organized gambling excursions to Mexico, and prospected gold and silver.  

Gambling and brothels just seem to go hand in hand and the red-light district thrived in "New Town" until around 1912.  Because of the Panama-California Exposition, the city was cleaned up and officers raided numerous houses of ill-repute.  The women were arrested and shipped out of town by train. 

In 1980, the Gaslamp Quarter was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  There are close to 100 historical buildings in the 16.5 blocks that make up San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter.

The old and the new...

Ronnie reads one of the plaques. 
The historic buildings are named and numbered. Plaques with facts about the buildings sure make for an interesting walk and history lesson !

Sunday was our day of choice for exploring the Gaslamp Quarter mainly because brunch is a special treat.  The sidewalks are busy and full of laughter and voices from the many open cafes and restaurants.  We had all researched "the best brunch" and agreed on Garage Kitchen. 

 "The" Benny (smiled ham, roasted tomato, poached egg saffron hollandaise on a cheddar & chive biscuit ) with rosemary potatoes and fruit was so yummy.  

Rainy Days
The next four days were cool, rainy days. 

Not to worry and no complaints as the rain is greatly needed. We enjoyed a movie in one of those cinemas with the recliners,  perused Barnes and Noble one day,  enjoyed a Mexican lunch another day and one day had a fun pajama stay at home day.  And yes, I am the Yahtzee champ !  

The end of the week Joe and I headed a few miles north to LaJolla.  Its another one of those places that is at the top of the list...just a nice walk along the cliffs.  Our first stop was to enjoy the seals and brown pelicans at the Children's Pool Beach. 
The concrete wall was completed in 1931 to protect child swimmers from the waves.  From the initial survey and design to the final wall took 10 years.  The seawall stands at a whopping 16 feet tall at its highest point.  There is an ongoing effort to have the pool placed on the National Register of Historic is still one of the most popular beaches by locals and tourists.  

 These days, the small beach is closed to public access during harbor seal pupping season...Dec. 15 through May 15.

Just look at those sweet faces !
 A seagull flew in with lunch (a Garibaldi...thank you Lisa) while we were oohing and aahing over the seals.  Quite funny to watch and so not willing to share !
Brown pelicans are amazing birds and so much fun to photograph.

 The walk along the cliff is jaw dropping gorgeous.

This is a great spot to explore tide pools and we were there at just the right time.  The most interesting find for the day was a snail that mimics an "eye of a whale" to ward off prey.  

It has short, fat antenna (barely visible at the bottom center of the photo below) and moves at a slow steady pace.  The skin grows on the outside of the shell.  The white in the center is the shell.  Pretty amazing !  

There was a snowy egret visiting the pools too.  

I will close with a few more favorite pictures...




  1. Thanks for all the great pictures and memories of our visit to the Gas lamp Quarter. And the interesting pictures along the shore.

    1. You are very welcome George and Susie. San Diego is awesome!

  2. Your pelican photos are amazing, such detail! The one of the three pelicans could be a painting--awesome!

    1. Thank you Janna. Photographing the pelicans is always so much fun!

  3. Thanks for the San Diego history. Your photos are very good.

  4. The Point Loma Tide Pools get all the publicity, and it is well deserved. But there are other pools along the San Diego coast and La Jolla is one of the better ones. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I totally agree Jeff about Point Loma and the tide pools. So many choices and this is the first year we have explored other Tide pool spots like Sunset Cliffs and LaJolla! It is all so beautiful!

  5. Thanks for the history of the Gaslamp Quarter! An interesting place to explore. The harbor seals are so darn cute. Love the arch you are sitting on:) That is the most interesting snail. Thanks for finding it and sharing.

    1. I thought sitting on the arch would be a piece of cake Pam but, when I got there it was a little scary...way high and I hugged the edge! Yes, the snail was a great find!

  6. Wonderful shots Gay! The KOA looks quite empty in your rainy day shot!

    We walked along the cliffs at La Jolla one day last spring and got to watch seals giving birth right near the Cove!

    1. OMG! It was your lucky day Lisa! What an awesome experience! Yes, the KOA is usually empty through the week, but fills up for the weekends. Not sure how that will change with two RV parks closing.

  7. I do love the gaslight district!! Such great history in the middle of all the urban growth. Your pelicans are fabulous. I can't imagine SD losing two RV parks - that's crazy!

    1. Thanks Jodee! The pelicans are always my favorite photo day!
      I don’t know where people are going to stay in RVs in SD. It’s my understanding that Mission Bay and the marina in Chula Vista which both have RV sites are closing. I hope my info is wrong!