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San Diego in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Don Antonio Aguirre

San Diego Merchant and Ranchero

 

—1799 – 1860 —

 
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By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2005
1. Don Antonio Aguirre Marker
Inscription. Don Jose Antonio Aguirre built his adobe mansion on this site on or just prior to 1868. Because the Casa de Aguirre was one of the first houses in Old Town, the Aguirre – Antonio, his wife Rosaria and their many children – are considered to be one of San Diego’s founding families. Don Antonio was a wealthy merchant and rancher who contributed greatly to the development of San Diego. Locally, he owned several ships and warehouses and imported goods from Peru and China in trade for cowhides and tallow. Later, Aguirre became one of the largest landowners in California when he developed a successful ranching enterprise. Born in Spain, he also held Mexican and American citizenship in his lifetime. In 1850 he partnered with William Heath Davis to develop New Town San Diego. Aguirre was known for his charity and funded many projects including the construction of the Old Adobe Chapel on Conda Street, where he is buried.
 
Location. 32° 45.208′ N, 117° 11.759′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker is at the intersection of San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street, on the right when traveling south on San Diego Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located at the entrance to Don Aguirre Adobe, which now houses a retail business
Don Antonio Aguirre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2005
2. Don Antonio Aguirre Marker
and a small museum, at the San Diego Avenue-Twiggs Street entrance to the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: San Diego CA 92110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Father Antonio Ubach (here, next to this marker); Old Town San Diego (here, next to this marker); Adobe Construction (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of The San Diego Union (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Birthplace of The San Diego Union (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Foundation Casa de Aguirre (within shouting distance of this marker); 1906 Old Town Convent (within shouting distance of this marker); Casa de Pedrorena de Altamirano (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
 
Also see . . .
1. San Diego History: Biography of Don Antonio Aguirre. (Submitted on September 21, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. San Diego History Journal of San Diego. (Submitted on September 21, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. La Prensa San Diego Two Sisters and the “Saint”. The love story behind Old Town’s Casa de Aguirre (Submitted on September 21, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
Don Antonio Aguirre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 29, 2015
3. Don Antonio Aguirre Marker
 
 
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Don Antonio Aguirre image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2005
4. Don Antonio Aguirre
To the left of the steps is The Don Antonio Aguirre marker and to the right is the Father Ubach Marker. On the far right of the photo is an Old Town San Diego Site Map. The restored Aguirre Adobe, now a retail store and small museum, is in the background.
Don Antonio Aguirre image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 29, 2015
5. Don Antonio Aguirre
Don Antonio Aguirre image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 29, 2015
6. Don Antonio Aguirre
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,441 times since then and 117 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 21, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3. submitted on July 2, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on September 21, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5, 6. submitted on July 2, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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