The San Diego Ghost Hunters and William Heath Davis House Museum made the important decision to partner in a cause worth pursuing, saving San Diego's history and historical landmarks.
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William Heath Davis was the first man who would attempt to build what we know today as downtown San Diego. In 1850 he began his new town by the bay, through purchasing a shipment of prefabricated houses from Maine. They were shipped around the horn to the San Diego bay. In 1867 Alonzo E. Horton and his wife Sarah, traveled to San Diego with the plan of succeeding where Davis had failed. Horton purchased 960 acres of land and a one-half interest in the Davis house. He and Sarah lived in the house while Horton opened a real estate office in San Francisco and began selling his new land. Thanks to his shrewd business skills and timing he was able to begin the first real estate boom in San Diego. The Davis is the only house left standing in San Diego where Horton resided. The Davis house has been located on 3 lots during its lifetime: 1. State and Market Street (erected in 1850) 2. 11th and K Street (moved by horses in 1873) 3. And currently, 4th and Island (moved by truck in 1984) The house has been rumored to be haunted for years because of the many colorful characters who have resided in the house. Not only was the house a residence to many, it was also a hospital for about ten years where several deaths have been recorded from consumption and tetanus. The house was also an officer's quarters during the civil war era and reported to have a German spy in hiding who used the house for his purposes, later to be captured. It has always been the San Diego Ghost Hunters purpose to help preserve the history and stories of landmarks in San Diego County and across the United States. We believe in the preservation of the William Heath Davis history and legacy. The former occupants play an integral role in that living history. It has been our pleasure to become acquainted with the previous occupants of the house and now we want to share that with public. We invite you to join the San Diego Ghost Hunters for their once a month investigative 2 hour ghost tours and meet them for yourself.
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