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Commemorating the visit of the officers and men
Buque Escuela Juan Sebastian De Elcano
in homage to their comrades-at-arms who at this place raised and defended the flag of Spain - 1797 to 1821
Dedicado en pax y amistad
San Diego, California, …
Seeking the mythical Strait of Anián (the Northwest Passage) for Spain, on September 28, 1542, Iberian navigator Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo brought his three ships to Ballast Point, the first European landing on the coast of Alta California.
Late in 1857, the three Johnson brothers and the twin Packard brothers came to this site to survey possibilities for a station to "try out" or extract whale oil. Their operations began the next year. In 1869 the U.S. Government acquired the proper…
An outpost of Spain's far flung empire at its greatest extent, this fort was completed before 1800 from plans drawn by Alberto de Córdoba in 1795. Its major action came under Corporal José Velásquez on March 22, 1803, in the "Battle of Sa…
In 1881, George Marston located his third department store in this two-story Victorian Italian-style building. It remained here until 1896 when it was relocated to a larger building. Until the 1970s, Marston was the largest and most successful San…
With the vision of universal
freedom for all mankind.
This tree is dedicated to
the hostages in Iran.
Taken captive 11-4-79
Released January. 20. 1981
Established in 1862 by George Alonzo Johnson. The residence and later additions were used as a hotel, bunkhouse, and quarters for a working cattle ranch into the 1960's. Acquired by the County of San Diego in 1974, added to the National Register o…
The city's haven for culture and leisure
San Diego's Cultural OasisLocated just minutes away from downtown San Diego, Balboa Park provides an enriching experience for more than 14 million visitors from near and far each year. Referred to as "th…
"Go forth, with spirit, the civic vision, and the courage to build the city of your dreams." —Alonzo E. Horton
A Vibrant New TownThe most striking evidence of the city's downtown renaissance is its skyline. From the sculptural spires of c…
One of the world's finest natural harbors plays host above and below the surface
Homeport to America's Finest CityOne of the most beautiful and exemplary natural harbors in the world, San Diego Bay is steeped in rich maritime heritage and conti…