Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Gateway to China

In the heart of the Asian historic quarter of the Gaslamp district is this formidable door that was the entrance to the family business of Ah Quin, a founding father of San Diego and the unofficial mayor of Chinatown. I don't think there is a produce business at this location anymore, but the door still stands as a reminder of the community leader and successful entrepreneur.


Blogger Kim said...

I've never been to this section of town. This is so interesting. When you say "founding father," how far back are we talking? I always think of Junipero Serra as establishing the mission and the rest following from there, so I'm pretty ignorant of SD's beginnings as the city it is today.
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Tue Feb 26, 10:26:00 PM PST  
Blogger Felicia said...

Hi Kim, thanks for stopping by! Serra founded the missions starting in the late 1700's. The city's population started growing significantly in the mid to late 1880's when the founding fathers and mothers made the city what it is today. Great info at the San Diego Historical Society - they organize SD historical biographies this way: Pioneers ~ Californios ~ Businessmen ~ Women
Architects ~ Lawyers ~ Physicians ~ Artists ~ Educators ~ Leaders.

Wed Feb 27, 12:19:00 PM PST  

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