The Journal of San Diego History
Summer 1985, Volume 31, Number 3
Thomas Scharf, Managing Editor

Back to the article: James W. Robinson and the Development of Old Town San Diego

James W. Robinson

James W. Robinson in later years.
Much of his early life is shrouded in obscurity.

Old Town San Diego in 1858

Old Town San Diego in 1858. The Robinson adobe is the two story building just off the plaza, at the center of the photograph.

Aguston Haraszthy

Colonel Aguston Haraszthy who accompanied Robinson to Baja California to explore mining opportunities.

Robinson adobe

The Robinson adobe on the west end of Old Town’s plaza was not only Robinson’s family residence but a professional office building as well. It also served from time to time as a schoolroom for the community.

J. Judson Ames

J. Judson Ames, a close friend of Robinson’s, moved the offices of the San Diego Herald into the second floor of the Robinson adobe.