The coming of the railroad brought new growth to San Diego’s economy. Seen here is the railroad yard and, in the distance, the tower of the old depot, c. 1900
Frank Kimball worked to develop National City, San Diego’s sister city on the bay.
Alonzo Horton arrived in San Diego in 1867 and purchased most of the present downtown area.
A Southern California railroad construction scene, c. 1880s, shows Chinese laborers removing earth in baskets.
A California Southern train and depot building in National City, 1885. The rail link to San Diego was completed on November 17, 1885.
The great boom of the 1880s caused a housing and room shortage that resulted in many newcomers having to live in tents.
San Diego’s Santa Fe Depot and an engine in 1887. The growth of San Diego did not lead to the success of the California Southern as the directors of the Santa Fe had hoped.
THE PHOTOGRAPHS are from the San Diego History Center’s Title Insurance and Trust Collection.