San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Picture Gallery
Historic Heart of San Diego
Development of what is now the Gaslamp Quarter first began in the 1850s, when developer William Heath Davis tried to establish a commercial district near the waterfront. Davis' project failed, but a few years later, Alonzo Horton built a wharf and a boom town grew up around it. By the 1880s, many early entrepreneurs came to the Gaslamp to make their fortune, including Wyatt Earp, who ran three gambling halls. By the early twentieth century, the area again fell into decline. Finally, in the 1970s, the San Diego City Council decided to rehabilitate the historic district, which in turn revitalized the entire downtown area.
© 2009 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.