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La Casa de Rodriguez

Racine & Laramie™

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
1. La Casa de Rodriguez
Racine & Laramie™ Marker
Inscription.  
c. 1830 One-room adobe built by family of Juan Rodriguez, former presidio soldier.
1851 George Tebbetts, a future son-in-law, opened Exchange Hotel.
1869 Canadians Alexi J. Racine and Charles Laramie opened general store specializing in cigars, tobacco, and pipes.
1872 Destroyed by fire.
1974 Reconstructed by concessionaire.
 
Location. 32° 45.259′ N, 117° 11.845′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker is on San Diego Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2737 San Diego Avenue, San Diego CA 92110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First San Diego Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); First Raising of U.S. Flag (within shouting distance of this marker); Estudillo House (within shouting distance of this marker); La Casa de Estudillo (within shouting distance of this marker); Mason Street School (within shouting distance of this marker); Juan Bandini (about 300 feet
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By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
2. La Casa de Rodriguez Marker
away, measured in a direct line); Old Town San Diego (about 400 feet away); Casa de Pedrorena de Altamirano (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
 
More about this marker. The building and marker are located within San Diego State Historic Park.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
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By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
3. Have a pleasant Journey
In 1868 Racine & Laramie became San Diego's first cigar store. Having come from eastern Canada in the prosperity following the War Between the States, Messrs. Racine and Laramie sold cigars, tobacco, stationary, pipes, cutlery and gentlemen's furnishings.

The adobe they rented was built in the 1820's as the retirement home for leather-jacket soldier, Juan Rodriguez of the Royal Presidio. It was one of the first six buildings in the small pueblo, population 500.

The Rodriguez family held ownership through periods of depression and Gold Rush boom, and their son, Ramon, was on the City Council. The widow Rodriguez had the building remodeled in 1867 and rented to Racine & Laramie and the Bank Exchange saloon. All was lost in the fire of 1872.

Using archeology, historic research and photographs this building has been reconstructed with the interior furnished and stocked as it may have been in that remote, frontier Pacific port.

Have a pleasant Journey
Alexi Racine
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By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
4. La Casa de Rodriguez
Racine & Laramie
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By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 30, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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