First San Diego Courthouse
This building is a reconstruction of San Diego's first courthouse. The original was built in 1847 by the Mormon Battalion, a contingent of 500 men, which arrived in San Diego in January of 1847 to help protect the U.S. border during the Mexican-American War. The First San Diego Courthouse Association operates a museum in the building. It is located in the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and is one of several structures intended to recreate the early days of the city.
Backstory and Context
Like many of the other buildings in the area, it was burned down in the 1872 fire. Also like the others, it was rebuilt in 1992 by the California State Parks. Pieces of some of the original bricks can be seen on the ground outside the building. Interestingly, it is clear that the bricks were not of great quality.
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"First San Diego Courthouse," Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, accessed March 19, 2017, http://oldtownstatehistoricpark.org/mobile/first-san-diego-courthouse.html