Old La Playa

California State Historic Landmark 61

Plaque exists. No site exists. Landmark location.

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#061 Old La Playa
From 1770 to 1870, this was San Diego's port. Over the Brookline hide house, Americans unofficially raised a U.S. flag in 1829. At that time La Playa was a thriving trading and shipping village. Richard Henry Dana's account of the hide business in Two Years Before the Mast is based on his hide-droghing experience here in 1835-6. The U.S. Navy later acquired the site and operated a coaling station and a quarantine station here. It is now a Navy research center.

#061 La Playa Trail
One of the oldest commercial routes in the far west. Under Spain, Mexico, and the United States the trail connected Mission San Diego with the port at La Playa from 1770 to 1870.

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No site exists.
Nothing remains of this site.


On left side of Rosecrans St, at entrance to Military Reserve, Point Loma, San Diego.

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