First San Diego Courthouse

First San Diego Courthouse The First San Diego Courthouse was built in 1847. The building burned down in 1872. The current building was built in 1991 as a replica of the original.

01/03/2019

Special Old Town Event- Antonio Garra Day, Saturday January 12, 2019. 12:00- 4:00 PM. See Native Indian dancers, singers, and displays. Informative lectures. FREE. Held at the First San Diego Courthouse Museum.

Interesting event
01/20/2018

Interesting event

Images from 2017's Day of the Dead celebrations.

Bring out the dogs.
01/10/2018

Bring out the dogs.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will host Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Jan. 14, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The main event will be the pet blessing by Rev. Michael Sinor between 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. A pet costume contest will take place at 2:30 p.m. featuring prizes for several categories including best dressed and best pet-owner look alike.
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#blessingoftheanimals #blessing #newyear #petcostumecontest #dogstagram #mustlovepets #oldtownsandiego #fiestadereyes

Antonio Garra Day -1.06.18A large crowd attended this important event. Speakers included historians Paul Chase, George P...
01/07/2018

Antonio Garra Day -1.06.18
A large crowd attended this important event. Speakers included historians Paul Chase, George Phillips, Bill Howatt, Patricia Nelson, and Abel Silvas. Take a look at the photos.

Fun Event
01/03/2018

Fun Event

An Old Town San Diego celebration of Mexican Independence Day!

12/23/2017

Antiono Garra Remembrance Celebration January 6, 2018, 2:00-4:00 PM.

The First San Diego Courthouse Museum will again be hosting this special event. Come hear such notable authors as George Phillips and Paul Chase, as well as other Native American experts talk about Garra's life and tragic death. This is a free event.

07/30/2017

First San Diego Courthouse- The inside of the historic jail.

Board members Bill and Rick staff the circa 1861 jail house, opened for visitors exploring.
07/30/2017

Board members Bill and Rick staff the circa 1861 jail house, opened for visitors exploring.

Stage Coach Days Old Town San Diego
07/30/2017

Stage Coach Days Old Town San Diego

07/23/2017

Lock Down in Old Town San Diego . July 29, 2017. The historic Courthouse jail will be open for investigation and wonderful photos. Join the fun !

Awesome  picture of the famous Dragoon Mountains near Tombstone.
12/30/2016

Awesome picture of the famous Dragoon Mountains near Tombstone.

The Dragoons on Christmas Day 2016

Love that Souhtwest Christmas look
12/15/2016

Love that Souhtwest Christmas look

The Holidays are here.
12/09/2016

The Holidays are here.

Looking for a way to show your holiday spirit? Why not come to the park this Saturday and join in the caroling that will be happening throughout the park. We have the songs if you have the enthusiasm!

Cool celebration at Old Town on Wednesday night.
11/04/2016

Cool celebration at Old Town on Wednesday night.

Altars from around the park and images of the chalk graveyard from 2016

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
10/19/2016
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Every corner of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is hiding interesting stories and our new tour, True Stories of Old Town, takes you around the park to learn them all. To learn more about our new tour, please check out our website for more information.

Fun day at Old Town !
08/30/2016

Fun day at Old Town !

Celebrating the West on the Move

Joshua and Roy Bean Lecture 8.6.16 -Another successful event in Old Town !
08/06/2016

Joshua and Roy Bean Lecture 8.6.16 -Another successful event in Old Town !

Historic Lecture- Saturday August  6th, 11:00 and 12:30 at the First San Diego Courthouse. Come and hear the incredible ...
08/06/2016

Historic Lecture- Saturday August 6th, 11:00 and 12:30 at the First San Diego Courthouse. Come and hear the incredible story.

Somewhat dated piece about the Cosmo
07/26/2016
A Cosmopolitan Rehab - True West Magazine

Somewhat dated piece about the Cosmo

Casa de Bandini was once the grand home of an elite Mexican family in the days when San Diego was a pueblo and California was a foreign land. Thanks to many dedicated workers, including Victor A. Walsh, a trained mason with the alias Dr. Dirt, this two-story building has a new life in Old Town. …

Helpful tip given the large summer crowds.
07/25/2016

Helpful tip given the large summer crowds.

Having problems finding the extra CalTrans Parking Lot? Here is a handy dandy map to show you where to go!

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
07/09/2016

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Happy Friday! Weather for this weekend calls for a comfortable 75°. Great to head outside and explore Old Town San Diego SHP! #castateparksSD #oldtownsandiego #sandiego #summer #castateparks #inventyouradventure #adventure #optoutside #friday #historic #vintage #exploresandiego #explore

Big time fun coming for the 4th. Stop by and checkout the Courthouse Museum.
06/22/2016

Big time fun coming for the 4th. Stop by and checkout the Courthouse Museum.

The Fourth of July is exactly two weeks away and counting. Looking for something to do? Come to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park for our Historic Fourth of July celebration!

Mormon Battalion Days  Saturday 1.30.16Lock Up at Old Town was a big success again. Over 800 people went through the mus...
01/31/2016

Mormon Battalion Days Saturday 1.30.16

Lock Up at Old Town was a big success again. Over 800 people went through the museum and more than 100 received complementary arrest warrants. Thanks to Bonnie, George, Char, Bill, Ken,Helen, and Becky for helping out.

Garra Day: Celebration of Life: 1.10.16-  Here are a few photos of this outstanding event.
01/11/2016

Garra Day: Celebration of Life: 1.10.16- Here are a few photos of this outstanding event.

01/11/2016

Garra Day: Celebration of Life: Bird Singing by Wayne Nelson. Part 2- 1.10.16

01/11/2016

Garra Day: Celebration of Life- Bird Singing by Wayne Nelson 1.10.16

Rain or shine
01/09/2016

Rain or shine

01/05/2016

Garra Day: Celebration of Life- Sunday January 10th, 2016
12:00 -1:30 PM ( weather permitting) at the First San Diego Courthouse Museum

Come join in the celebration of the life of Antonio Garra, Leader of the Cupeno Indians at Warner Springs. The event will include singing by the Bird Singers as well as presentation on the life of Garra.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
12/11/2015

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Fun and festive for holiday happenings!

Our halls are decked and stockings hung. Here's a recap of our December 12th event.

Come and see the reenactment of the Trial of Yankee Jim. This Saturday at the First Courthouse Museum
10/16/2015

Come and see the reenactment of the Trial of Yankee Jim. This Saturday at the First Courthouse Museum

Courthouse Museum in the background.
09/13/2015

Courthouse Museum in the background.

Interesting story about another famous courthouse
09/05/2015

Interesting story about another famous courthouse

TOMBSTONE'S CLIPPED HISTORY
September 01, 1955 - Tombstone Epitaph
Courthouse Fund Is Established

Restoration has set up a special fund to finance the rehabilitation of the old courthouse, it was announced yesterday by Mrs. Edna Landin, Restoration president.

There is now $2300 in the fund, she said, of which $1000 was donated by Restoration.

Present work of clearing out the lower floor and boarding up windows of the second floor is to be completed by Frank E. Pauls, general contractor, next week. Mrs. Landin said the commission would then call for bids tor installation of utilities.

The amount of repair work done will depend on the way contributions come in, Mrs. Landin said. Volunteers are needed to make a house to house canvass for funds. Anyone interested is asked to call Mrs. Landin at 8331.

At Monday night's board meeting Harry Huber was appointed to the building committee. He is a property owner and lives in Coronado Heights. Wayne Hunt, who owns Robber's Roost, was appointed in charge of publicity, signs and markers. He will also serve on the zoning committee. P. W. Newbury, county recorder of Bisbee, will serve on the historical research committee.
Thanks to the Tombstone Times

08/14/2015
TwainFest: A Whole Lot of Fun

TwainFest: A Whole Lot of Fun

TwainFest is held in Old Town and put on by Write Out Loud. It celebrates the life of Mark Twain and other authors of his time. Participate in the free event...

More Western history in San Diego County
08/13/2015

More Western history in San Diego County

Campo Gun Battle December 4, 1875- Took a trip out to the site of the famous gun battle that occurred in Campo, Ca, which is southeast of San Diego by 30 miles. The Gaskill brothers fought off a number of outlaws who intended to rob and murder them. Amazing gun fight, should have been as famous as the Fremont Street Gun Battle except: Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday weren't there, it didn't occur in Tombstone AZ, and there was no subsequent Vendetta Ride( that we know of). A story waiting to be told.

Great article.
08/13/2015
Saving Calico: The Man behind the Miracle

Great article.

When Walter Knott and his young family moved to Newberry in 1913, no one could have foreseen the impact he would have on the town of Calico. By that year, the once booming silver mining town had on...

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
08/09/2015

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Celebrating the West on the Move

Guidon Books
04/23/2015

Guidon Books

When people think of Arizona, the first things that come to mind are the Grand Canyon, the hot, dry desert, and Wyatt Earp at the O.K. Corral fight. I know when my daughter-in-law came to Arizona for the first time, she had to see the Grand Canyon and then we drove down to Tombstone. Her greatest thrill was having her photo taken with Wyatt Earp. There is really much more to our State, but sometimes you have to find that historian or scholar willing to follow an interesting lead. On Friday, April 24, attendees at the Arizona History Convention can learn more about Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill Cody – did you know that both men were involved in mining ventures in Arizona and that Earp only spent a short period of time in Arizona, but went on to California? Garner Palenske (author of Wyatt Earp in San Diego) will discuss Earp’s Harqua Hala adventure while Bob Boze Bell, noted for his books on Earp, Holliday and other notorious characters, will talk about Earp in Hollywood. Both authors will be signing their books at the Convention.

O.K. Corral
03/20/2015

O.K. Corral

Happy birthday, Wyatt Earp!

More Mormon Battalion Days- Picture of the crowd outside the museum.
02/01/2015

More Mormon Battalion Days- Picture of the crowd outside the museum.

02/01/2015

More Mormon Battalion Days- The short video show the inside of the main room of the museum. Busy day !

Mormon Battalion Days was a big success. Over 1,000 people toured the museum, 100 arrest warrants were issued, and 125 i...
02/01/2015

Mormon Battalion Days was a big success. Over 1,000 people toured the museum, 100 arrest warrants were issued, and 125 inmates spent time in the 1850's jail. The Museum Board showed up in force and enjoyed the day. Special thanks to Cindy Piselli from the San Diego Costume Guild for helping with the event.

01/24/2015

Almost time for Lock Up at Old Town ! The historic jail at the Courthouse Museum will be opened for viewing and photo opportunities. Come by and get your free vintage arrest warrant.

- January 31st from 10 to 3pm (Saturday)
Old Town Mormon Battalion Commemoration Day.
This is a wonderful family activity for the entire family. Mormon Battalion Commemoration Day at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will celebrate the anniversary of the arrival of the Mormon Battalion to San Diego during the Mexican American War of 1846-7.This is a great and unique opportunity to learn about their contributions to early San Diego History. There will be children’s crafts, games, displays, photos, food, and entertainment from that time period. Commemorate the January, 1847 arrival into Old Town.

The event is free and open to all seeking to learn about some of the changes that contributed to creating one of the most culturally diverse settlements in the west

Worth seeing !
12/21/2014

Worth seeing !

Bah humbug! Get into the holiday SPIRIT with A Christmas Carol at the #whaleyhouse. This short performance takes you through the museum as each room becomes a different scene of this classic tale. Tickets are still available for tonight's and tomorrow night's performance, call 619-297-7511. #OldTownSD #sandiego

A classic Christmas tradition.
12/13/2014

A classic Christmas tradition.

Our gingerbread house is done and will be in the Robinson-Rose Visitor Center. Don't forget to come by on Saturday to vote for your favorite house!

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