San Diego in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
First Raising of U.S. Flag
On this site the United States Flag was first raised in Southern California by Lt. Stephen C. Rowan U.S.N., Commanding Sailors and Marines July 29, 1846. (Marker Number 63.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmark marker series.
Location. 32° 45.265′ N, 117° 11.818′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker can be reached from Mason Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at Old Town Plaza (Washington Square) within the boundaries of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. La Casa de Estudillo (a few steps from this marker); Estudillo House (within shouting distance of this marker); First San Diego Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); La Casa de Rodriguez (within shouting distance of this marker); Juan Bandini (within shouting distance of this marker); Casa de Pedrorena de Altamirano Mason Street School (about 300 feet away); Birthplace of The San Diego Union (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
Regarding First Raising of U.S. Flag. This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 63:
This plaza was established as the center of the Mexican Pueblo of San Diego which elected its first ajuntamiento in 1834. On July 29,1846, at 4 p.m., Lieutenant Stephen C. Rowan, U.S.N., from the U.S. sloop-of-war Cyane, raised the American flag over the plaza.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,621 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on December 12, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1. submitted on August 17, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 2. submitted on December 30, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. 3. submitted on October 27, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 4. submitted on December 27, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. 5. submitted on August 17, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 6. submitted on October 27, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.