The Journal of San Diego History
Summer 1978, Volume 24, Number 3
Thomas L. Scharf, Managing Editor

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Arcadia Bandini
According to local tradition this first United States flag had been fashioned out of flannel dresses and a crib sheet by Arcadia Bandini, and raised by General John C. Fremont in the Old Town Plaza in 1846.

Don Juan Bandini and daughter
Arcadia’s father, Don Juan Bandini (seen to the right with another of his daughters), was one of the area’s largest Spanish land grant owners and proved instrumental in aiding the American annexation of San Diego.

Arcadia Bandini

Although Arcadia later became a resident of Los Angeles, she was a frequent visitor to San Diego until her death in 1912