Established in 1968, the Old Town San Diego Historic Park commemorates what San Diego was from 1820-1870.
Still standing are some historic buildings including the first courthouse, hotel, cantinas, houses, and general store.
This was the heart of San Diego until the 1860s when development was started close to where shipping took place so this place became an interesting neighbourhood but no longer the centre of the city.
There are no cars and the pace inside the Old Town is probably much more relaxed than it was in the 19th century when the gold miners and fishers made their living by converting energy into dollars. It's now a place to sit, have a beer, squint your eyes just a bit and let the shadows and smells of a gone by era flood over you. It is a delight.
Address: 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110