The Journal of San Diego History
April 1967, Volume 13, Number 2
Elvira L. Wittenberg, Editor

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Ward T. Donley

Page 21. Ward T. Donley

Old Town in 1860s

Page 22. Old Town, as it looked in the 1860’s, about the time of Horton’s arrival.

George A. Pendleton

Page 23. George A. Pendleton, County Clerk, called the special election for new city trustees to make possible the sale of the Pueblo lands to A.E. Horton.

Father Antonio Ubach

Page 24. Father Antonio Ubach, impressed by Alonzo Horton’s vision and goals, aided him in securing support from local citizens.

Joseph S. Mannasse

Page 25. Joseph S. Mannasse, along with E.W. Morse and Thomas H. Bush, was elected a city trustee in the special election on April 27, 1867. He remained a leading figure in San Diego business and politics throughout the Norton period.

Thomas H. Bush

Page 25. Thomas H. Bush, one of three men chosen as city trustees in the special election of April, 1867.

James McCoy

Page 26. James McCoy was Sheriff at the time Alonzo Horton purchased the Pueblo lands.

Bill of sale

Page 27. Bill of sale by which Horton acquired 960 acres of Pueblo lands.

Horton's Addition

Page 28. Horton’s Addition

Gen. William S. Rosecrans

Page 29. Gen. William S. Rosecrans was one of the few men to realize the great potential value of Horton’s land investment. In contemplating the building of a railroad to California, he discussed with Horton the possibility of building eastward from San Diego.

Capt. S.S. Dunnells

Page 30. Capt. S.S. Dunnells, owner of the first hotel in Horton’s Addition.

New San Diego Hotel

Page 30. New San Diego Hotel, bought from Horton by Capt. Dunnells, for $1000. Building had been the residence of William Heath Davis. It stood at State and F Streets.

Horton's first residence

Page 31. Alonzo E. Horton’s first residence in San Diego. It stood on the southeast corner of 9th and G Streets.


Page 32. “Senator”, one of the well-known vessels of the times, is shown in this old sketch as it might have appeared backing down from Horton’s Wharf, bound for San Francisco. In October of 1868, “Senator” sailed down the coast literally jammed to capacity with persons eager to buy lots in San Diego.

Joseph Nash

Page 33. Joseph Nash, a wealthy young Englishman recruited by Horton to locate in San Diego, opened the first general store in New San Diego.

George W. Marston

Page 33. George W. Marston, destined for prominence in San Diego’s business and civic life, began his career as a clerk in Nash’s general store.


Page 34. Steamer “Orizaba”, aboard which, en route back to San Diego, Horton was no less industrious in promoting his land activity than he had been during his stay in San Francisco.

Gen. Halleck,

Page 34. Gen. Halleck, while commanding the Department of the Pacific, was much amused at Horton’s building efforts and the real estate purchase which he termed ” worthless land.”

Editorial in the weekly San Diego Union

Page 36. Editorial in the weekly San Diego Union, June 23, 1870, announces newspaper’s removal to New San Diego. Brief item from issue of June 30 expresses pride in new offices.

Advertisement of sale of lands in Horton's Extension

Page 37. Advertisement of sale of lands in Horton’s Extension, appearing in San Diego Union, Decembers, 1868.

Advertisement for New San Diego Hotel

Page 37. Advertisement for New San Diego Hotel, as printed in the San Diego Union on December 5, 1868.

 Horton and second wife Sarah Wilson Babe

Page 38. Alonzo E. Horton and second wife (Sarah Wilson Babe), about 1875.

Alonzo E. Horton at age 93

Page 39. Alonzo E. Horton at age 93.

Lt. George H. Derby

Page 40. Lt. George H. Derby, humorist, author of many satirical comments about “Sandyago.” He is best remembered for his Phoenixiana.