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Here is a model of Old Town San Diego, a State Historic Park, that recreates the setting of California life during the Mexican to early American periods, 1821 to 1872. Its displays, historic buildings, shops and restaurants reflect the many cultures involved in the community's development.
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A closer look at the model of Old Town San Diego shows how it may have looked during its original era. In the center is the U-shaped La Casa de Estudillo, which we will visit in more detail.
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Here is a closeup of the model of La Casa de Estudillo, the most famous of Old Town's original adobes. The original building was constructed between 1827 and 1829.
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Mom & Jimmy about to enter La Casa de Estudillo.
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Here is the "natural" garden in the courtyard of La Casa de Estudillo.
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The "caretaker" of La Casa de Estudillo.
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Jimmy & Mom sit in front of a bread oven in the courtyard of La Casa de Estudillo.
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The precursor to the Brita water filter. This is a porous lava rock water filter used to clear sediment and debris from water obtained from a well or nearby San Diego River.
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The main dinig room of La Casa de Estudillo with the portrait of Captain Jose Maria Estudillo.
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The master bedroom of La Casa de Estudillo with a manequin of a Spanish Caballiero.
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Another bedroom in La Casa de Estudillo.
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The children's bedroom and nursery in La Casa de Estudillo.
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A chapel in La Casa de Estudillo.
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The central plaza of Old Town San Diego, called La Plaza de las Armas, was the scene of many a fiesta and ceremony during the Mexican period. In 1846 the Stars and Stripes was raised on this pole, which tradition holds was made of a ship's main mast. In the back you can see La Casa de Estudillo.
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Jimmy and Mom about to enter the Colorado House containing a Wells Fargo display.
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The Colorado House was constructed in the summer of 1850. Originally used as a hotel, it now houses historical displays for Wells Fargo.
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This coach #251 was delivered to Wells, Fargo and Co.'s Great Overland Mail stagecoach empire in April 1868. It weighs over 2,000 pounds and cost $1,250. It seated 18 people, 9 inside and 9 more on top
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A view of the other side of Stagecoach #251.
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A closeup view of the painting on the door of Stagecoach #251.
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The Racine & Laramie building - Dealers in Tobacco, Cigars, and Pipes. It is a functioning tobacco, cigar and pipe store.
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A closeup of one of the signs on the wall of the Racine & Laramie building - Dealers in Tobacco, Cigars, and Pipes.
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A closeup of one of the signs on the wall of the Racine & Laramie building - Dealers in Tobacco, Cigars, and Pipes.
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La Casa de Machado y Silvas building began as the home of the Machado de Silvas family in the 1840's. It has matured to the present, Commercial Restaurant, acquired by the State of California for this State Historic Park.

 
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