#0061 Old La Playa


#0061 Old La Playa

Site information:

Rosecrans St, at entrance to base, Point Loma, San Diego

Plaque and site are located at the entrance to Point Loma Naval Base. Civilians are not welcome to walk up and take pictures. However, there may be a city bus route that travels onto the base. If you do not have military ID, you are required to exit the bus and wait at the entrance to the base until it returns. The place they ask you to wait may be directly in front of the plaque.


Plaque information:

State and private plaques

State plaque text:

Old La Playa

From 1770 to 1870, this was San Diego's port. Over the Brookline hide house, Americans unofficially raised a U.S. flag in 1829. At that time La Playa was a thriving trading and shipping village. Richard Henry Dana's account of the hide business in Two Years Before the Mast is based on his hide-droghing experience here in 1835-36. The U.S. Navy later acquired the site and operated a coaling station and a quarantine station here. It is now a Navy research center.

First registered December 6, 1932. Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Navy and Squibob Chapter, E Clampus Vitus, April 3, 1989

Private plaque text:

One of the oldest commercial routes in the far West under Spain, Mexico and the United States. The trail connected mission San Diego with the fort at La Playa from 1770 to 1870.

Originally marked, 1934, this new ox cart plaque was placed by the U.S. Department of the Navy, in cooperation with the San Diego Historical Society and Squibob Chapter, E Clampus Vitus, April 3, 1989

Registered 12/6/1932