Back to the article: James W. Robinson and the Development of Old Town San Diego
James W. Robinson in later years.
Much of his early life is shrouded in obscurity.
Old Town San Diego in 1858. The Robinson adobe is the two story building just off the plaza, at the center of the photograph.
Colonel Aguston Haraszthy who accompanied Robinson to Baja California to explore mining opportunities.
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, a close friend of Robinson’s, moved the offices of the San Diego Herald into the second floor of the Robinson adobe.