Historic Sites Along the La Playa Trail

Num
Name
Date
Sector
Historical Significance
1
New Point Loma Lighthouse
1891
Fort Rosecrans
Only extant Pacific coast lighthouse with exterior supporting skeleton.
2
Cabrillo National Monument
1913
Fort Rosecrans
Most visited national monument in U.S.
3
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
1855
Fort Rosecrans
One of the first lighthouses on the Pacific Coast.
4
Tip of Ballast Point
1769
Fort Rosecrans
First beacon in Alta California.
5
Cabrillo Landing Site
1542
Fort Rosecrans
First European landing in Alta California.
6
Fort Guijarros
1796
Fort Rosecrans
Spanish Fort running battle with Lelia Byrd
7
Whaling Station Site
1855
Fort Rosecrans
Important early California whaling station.
8
Fort Rosecrans
1852
Fort Rosecrans
Important U.S. Army and navy Base 1898+
9
Ft. Rosecrans Historic District
1998
Fort Rosecrans
Potential National Register Historic District
10
Ft. Rosecrans Historic Cemetery
1879
Fort Rosecrans
National Cemetery
11
La Playa, The Old Port
1769
La Playa
First embarcadero in San Diego
12
La Playa Trail Marker - La Playa
1934
La Playa
Oldest European road in California
13
Jennings House
1886
Roseville
Early Point Loma architecture
14
Monteiro Family Residence
1908
Roseville
Early Portuguese-American home
15
La Playa Trail Marker Roseville
1934
Roseville
Oldest European commercial road in California
16
Spanish Landing Site
1769
Loma Portal
Landing site of Portola Expedition
17
El Desembarcader Site
1769
Loma Portal
Site of Fitch-Carilllo elopement
18
NTS Historical District
1923
Loma Portal
Naval Training Center. Large public park and proposed cultural center
19
Junker Cole House
1926
Loma Portal
Home of Admiral Cyrus W. Cole.
20
La Playa Trail Marker Lytton St
1934
Loma Portal
Oldest European commercial road in California
21
Dutch Flats Ryan Aeronautical
1925
Midway
Start of Lindbergh's flight to Paris
22
MCRD
1919
Midway
Marine Corps Recruit Depot
23
MCRD Historic District
1990
Midway
Marine Corps Recruit Depot
24
Hebrew Cemetery Site
1869
Midway
First Jewish cemetery in San Diego
25
La Playa Trail Marker - Midway
1934
Midway
Oldest European commercial road in California
26
Old Town Historic District
Old Town
Most visited California State Historic Park
27
Old Town Plaza
c1810
Old Town
American flag first raised here on July 29, 1846. Center of social life in Old San Diego.
28
Casa De Estudillo
1827
Old Town
Estudillo family home, Ramona's Marriage Place
29
Casa de Bandini
1829
Old Town
Headquarters of Commodore Stockton 1846
30
Casa de Cota Site
c1835
Old Town
Built by John or Ramon Cota
31
Casa De Machado de Silvas
c1843
Old Town
Known as Casa de Bandera for Maria Machado who saved Mexican flag from the Americans.
32
Altamirano-Pedroena House
1869
Old Town
Home of prominent Old Town family
33
Casa de Machado y Stewart
c1830
Old Town
Stewart was a shipmate of Richard Henry Dana
34
Congress Hall Site
1868-9
Old Town
Wild West Saloon & gambling hall
35
Mason Street School
1865
Old Town
First schoolhouse in San Diego
36
Exchange Hotel Site
c1850
Old Town
Largest hotel in early San Diego
37
Casa de Lopez
c1835
Old Town
Home of Prudencia and Mathias Moreno
38
Old Adobe Chapel
c1858
Old Town
First parish church in Old San Diego
39
El Campo Santo
c1840
Old Town
Old Town cemetery
40
Whaley House
1856-7
Old Town
Oldest standing brick building in San Diego
41
Gatewood House
1873
Old Town
Hose of founder of the San Diego Union
42
Derby-Pendleton House
1851
Old Town
Home of Lt. George Derby, a noted American humorist and Army Engineer
43
Casa de Aguirre Site
1853
Old Town
Home of St. Anthony's School for Indians
44
Emmet House Site
c1860
Old Town
First San Diego county hospital
45
Gila House Site
1851
Old Town
Early San Diego gold rush era hotel
46
San Pasqual Graves Site
c1847
Old Town
Dead of the Battle of San Pasqual buried here
47
Cobblestone Jail Site
1851
Old Town
First American jail in San Diego
48
Protestant Cemetery Site
1850
Old Town
Protestant Cemetery
49
Saint Joseph's Rectory
1908
Old Town
Example of craftsman style architecture
50
Rudolph Schiller's Photo Gallery
1869
Old Town
First photography studio in San Diego
51
Casa de Carrillo
c1810
Old Town
First house in Old San Diego
52
Temple Beth Israel
1888
Old Town
First synagogue in San Diego
53
Sherman Gilbert House
1887
Old Town
Home of Gilbert sister, early historic preservationists and patrons of the arts
54
John McConaughy House
1887
Old Town
Home of the owner of first regular stagecoach line between San Diego & Julian
55
La Playa Trail Marker - Presidio
1934
Presidio
Oldest European commercial road in California
56
Presidio Park
1929
Presidio
Prominent San Diego landmark
57
Serra Palm Site
1769
Presidio
Palms planted by Father Serra
58
Franciscan Gardens Site
1935
Presidio
Popular tourist destination
59
Presidio of San Diego
1774
Presidio
First permanent European settlement in Alta California
60
Presidio Excavation Site
1769
Presidio
Oldest permanent European habitation in Alta California
61
Junipero Serra Museum
1929
Presidio
Prominent San Diego landmark.
62
Fort Stockton Site
1846
Presidio
First U.S. Naval base in San Diego
63
Derby Dike Site
1853
Presidio
Major American engineering project
64
Mission San Diego de Alcala
1774
Mission
First Franciscan mission in Alta California
65
La Playa Trail Marker Mission
1934
Mission
Oldest European commercial road in California
66
El Camino Real
1769
Mission
Main road in Alta California
67
Old Mission Dam
1807
Mission
First permanent irrigation system in California