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Alonzo Erastus Horton 1813 - 1909

Alonzo E. Horton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alonzo Erastus Horton was an integral part to San Diego, past and present. He was a world renowned Real Estate Developer 1813 through 1909 that epitomized the “New Town,” San Diego. 
Alonzo, originally from Connecticut and made California his home in 1851, he thought San Diego to be “The healthiest spot in the world,” along with the “Best Harbors in the World.”  He eventually earned a name for himself as the “Father of San Diego.”  Horton also believed that a fine city such as San Diego should have a park for its patrons, soon after the 1400 acre-tract of nine City Pueblo Lots was established and named “City Park” in May of 1868.  In 1913, 1400 Acre City Park was renamed to Balboa Park.

Horton Grand Hotel:

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Checks from the City Treasurer to A. E. Horton August 1874 - October 1875:

PDF icon 4 August 1874 Horton Checks

PDF icon 6 October 1874 Horton Checks

PDF icon 5 January 1875 Horton Checks

PDF icon 8 June 1875 Horton Checks

PDF icon 5 October 1875 Horton Checks

Lease from A. E. Horton to the City of San Diego:

PDF icon 2_January_1877_Lease_of_A._E._Horton_to_the_City_of_San_Diego

Petition from A. E. Horton:

PDF icon 5_August_1878_Petition_of_A._E._Horton_to_Board_of_Trustees

Construct and Maintain Wharf and Pier in San Diego:

PDF icon 13_December_1887_Application_of_A. E._Horton_Authority_to_Construct_Wharf_and Pier

Petition from A. E. Horton for Improvement Plaza:

PDF icon 22_December_1890_Petition_of_A._E._Horton_re_Improvement_Plan

Mayor names A. E. Horton as Cemetery Commissioner:

PDF icon 4_May_1896_Message_from_the_Mayor_A. E. Horton_Cemetery_Commissioner

Mayor Issues Proclamation:

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Photo Gallery

  • Alonso Horton portrait circa 1889Alonso Horton portrait circa 1889
  • Alonso Horton portrait circa 1909Alonso Horton portrait circa 1909
  • Alonzo Horton in Horse Drawn CarriageAlonzo Horton in Horse Drawn Carriage.
  • Alonzo Horton Elk Lodge Groundbreaking 1906Alonzo Horton Elk Lodge Groundbreaking 1906.
  • Alonzo Horton tombstone at Mount Hope, circa 1960Alonzo Horton tombstone at Mount Hope, circa 1960.
  • Horton FountainHorton Fountain.
  • Horton FountainHorton Fountain.
  • Horton FountainHorton Fountain.
  • Horton Fountain Plaque of HortonHorton Fountain Plaque of Horton.
  • Horton Fountain Plaque of HortonHorton Fountain Plaque of Horton.
  • Horton Fountain Plaque of Juan CabrilloHorton Fountain Plaque of Juan Cabrillo.
  • Horton Fountain Plaque of Junipero SerraHorton Fountain Plaque of Junipero Serra.
  • Horton Fountain Plaque of Junipero SerraHorton Fountain Plaque of Junipero Serra.
  • Horton Fountain EagleHorton Fountain Eagle.
  • Horton Fountain Eagle Front ViewHorton Fountain Eagle Front View.
  • Horton Fountain Eagle Three Quarter ViewHorton Fountain Eagle Three Quarter View.
  • Horton Fountain Eagle DetailHorton Fountain Eagle Detail.
  • Horton Fountain circa 1910Horton Fountain circa 1910.
  • Horton Fountain Military Event circa 1917Horton Fountain Military Event circa 1917.
  • Horton Fountain circa 1970sHorton Fountain circa 1970s.
  • Horton Fountain circa 1971Horton Fountain circa 1971.
  • Horton Fountain circa 1980sHorton Fountain circa 1980s.
  • Horton Fountain circa 1980sHorton Fountain circa 1980s.
  • Horton Plaza ParkHorton Plaza Park.
  • Horton Plaza circa 1889Horton Plaza circa 1889.
  • Horton House circa 1880sHorton House circa 1880s.
  • Horton House circa 1880sHorton House circa 1880s.
  • Horton House 1887Horton House 1887.
  • Horton Plaza StatueHorton Plaza Statue.
  • Horton Plaza Statue MapHorton Plaza Statue Map.
  • San Diego Milestone Plaque in Horton PlazaSan Diego Milestone Plaque in Horton Plaza.
  • Alonzo Horton PlaqueAlonzo Horton Plaque.
  • Horton Walk TextHorton Walk Text.
  • Horton Plaza Bus StopHorton Plaza Bus Stop.
  • Horton Fountain Street CornerHorton Fountain Street Corner.
  • Horton Plaza MarqueeHorton Plaza Marquee.
  • Horton Plaza design 1, circa 1970Horton Plaza design 1, circa 1970.
  • Horton Plaza design 2, circa 1970Horton Plaza design 2, circa 1970.
  • Horton Plaza design 3, circa 1970Horton Plaza design 3, circa 1970.
  • Horton Plaza design 4, circa 1970Horton Plaza design 4, circa 1970.
  • Horton Plaza design 5, circa 1970Horton Plaza design 5, circa 1970.
  • Horton Plaza concept model, 1972Horton Plaza concept model, 1972.
  • Horton Plaza with Juggler, May 1986Horton Plaza with Juggler, May 1986.
  • Horton Plaza with cinema marquee, May 1986Horton Plaza with cinema marquee, May 1986.
  • Horton Plaza, May 1986Horton Plaza, May 1986.
  • Horton Plaza with Mervyns Sign, May 1986Horton Plaza with Mervyns Sign, May 1986.
  • Two Ladies from circa 1890'sTwo Ladies from circa 1890's.
  • Horton Grand Hotel History Building PlaqueHorton Grand Hotel History Building Plaque.
  • Horton Hotel 1890Horton Hotel 1890.
  • Horton Grand Hotel original location on BroadwayHorton Grand Hotel original location on Broadway.
  • Horton Grand Hotel on Island AvenueHorton Grand Hotel on Island Avenue.
  • Horton Grand Hotel CrestHorton Grand Hotel Crest.
  • Horton Grand Hotel Building PlaqueHorton Grand Hotel Building Plaque.
  • Horton Grand Hotel Street ViewHorton Grand Hotel Street View.
  • Poster form Save the Horton Hotel CampaignPoster form Save the Horton Hotel Campaign.
  • Photo of Downtown San Diego circa 1890sPhoto of Downtown San Diego circa 1890s.
  • Horton Grand Hotel RugHorton Grand Hotel Rug.
  • Horton Grand HotelHorton Grand Hotel.
  • Horton Grand Hotel AtriumHorton Grand Hotel Atrium.
  • Horton Grand Hotel AtriumHorton Grand Hotel Atrium.
  • Horton Grand Hotel Atrium StatueHorton Grand Hotel Atrium Statue.
  • Horton Grand Hotel Sitting AreaHorton Grand Hotel Sitting Area.
  • Horton Grand Hotel Bar RoomHorton Grand Hotel Bar Room.
  • Horton Grand Hotel Staircase and ChandelierHorton Grand Hotel Staircase and Chandelier.
  • Horton Grand Hotel MirrorHorton Grand Hotel Mirror.
  • Horton Grand Hotel Horse Model from 1880'sHorton Grand Hotel Horse Model from 1880's.
  • Newspaper Article on Sunshine, Horton Grand Hotel's HorseNewspaper Article on Sunshine, Horton Grand Hotel's Horse.
  • Sunshine Explanation H.O.R.S.E.Sunshine Explanation H.O.R.S.E.
  • Horton Grand Hotel's Horse, SunshineHorton Grand Hotel's Horse, Sunshine.
  • Description of Sunshine, Horton Grand Hotel's HorseDescription of Sunshine, Horton Grand Hotel's Horse.
  • Crowded Street, Old San Diego, circa 1890sCrowded Street, Old San Diego, circa 1890s.
  • Portrait of Woman, circa 1900Portrait of Woman, circa 1900.
  • Parade Down Broadway, circa 1900Parade Down Broadway, circa 1900.
  • Chamber of Commerce and Grand Hotel, circa 1900Chamber of Commerce and Grand Hotel, circa 1900.
  • San Diego Tent and Awning and Ferguson, Bumgardner Printers and Binding company and their workforceSan Diego Tent and Awning and Ferguson, Bumgardner Printers and Binding company and their workforce.
  • Downtown San Diego with BagsDowntown San Diego with Bags.
  • Constructing the Horton HotelConstructing the Horton Hotel.
  • Horton House, circa 1900Horton House, circa 1900.
  • Men and Children Standing Outside San Diego PharmacyMen and Children Standing Outside San Diego Pharmacy
  • Horton House with Alonzo Horton and WomanHorton House with Alonzo Horton and Woman
  • Sedan ChairSedan Chair.
  • Sedan Chair SignSedan Chair Sign
  • Alonso Horton portrait circa 1889
  • Alonso Horton portrait circa 1909
  • Alonzo Horton in Horse Drawn Carriage
  • Alonzo Horton Elk Lodge Groundbreaking 1906
  • Alonzo Horton tombstone at Mount Hope, circa 1960
  • Horton Fountain
  • Horton Fountain
  • Horton Fountain
  • Horton Fountain Plaque of Horton
  • Horton Fountain Plaque of Horton
  • Horton Fountain Plaque of Juan Cabrillo
  • Horton Fountain Plaque of Junipero Serra
  • Horton Fountain Plaque of Junipero Serra
  • Horton Fountain Eagle
  • Horton Fountain Eagle Front View
  • Horton Fountain Eagle Three Quarter View
  • Horton Fountain Eagle Detail
  • Horton Fountain circa 1910
  • Horton Fountain Military Event circa 1917
  • Horton Fountain circa 1970s
  • Horton Fountain circa 1971
  • Horton Fountain circa 1980s
  • Horton Fountain circa 1980s
  • Horton Plaza Park
  • Horton Plaza circa 1889
  • Horton House circa 1880s
  • Horton House circa 1880s
  • Horton House 1887
  • Horton Plaza Statue
  • Horton Plaza Statue Map
  • San Diego Milestone Plaque in Horton Plaza
  • Alonzo Horton Plaque
  • Horton Walk Text
  • Horton Plaza Bus Stop
  • Horton Fountain Street Corner
  • Horton Plaza Marquee
  • Horton Plaza design 1, circa 1970
  • Horton Plaza design 2, circa 1970
  • Horton Plaza design 3, circa 1970
  • Horton Plaza design 4, circa 1970
  • Horton Plaza design 5, circa 1970
  • Horton Plaza concept model, 1972
  • Horton Plaza with Juggler, May 1986
  • Horton Plaza with cinema marquee, May 1986
  • Horton Plaza, May 1986
  • Horton Plaza with Mervyns Sign, May 1986
  • Two Ladies from circa 1890's
  • Horton Grand Hotel History Building Plaque
  • Horton Hotel 1890
  • Horton Grand Hotel original location on Broadway
  • Horton Grand Hotel on Island Avenue
  • Horton Grand Hotel Crest
  • Horton Grand Hotel Building Plaque
  • Horton Grand Hotel Street View
  • Poster form Save the Horton Hotel Campaign
  • Photo of Downtown San Diego circa 1890s
  • Horton Grand Hotel Rug
  • Horton Grand Hotel
  • Horton Grand Hotel Atrium
  • Horton Grand Hotel Atrium
  • Horton Grand Hotel Atrium Statue
  • Horton Grand Hotel Sitting Area
  • Horton Grand Hotel Bar Room
  • Horton Grand Hotel Staircase and Chandelier
  • Horton Grand Hotel Mirror
  • Horton Grand Hotel Horse Model from 1880's
  • Newspaper Article on Sunshine, Horton Grand Hotel's Horse
  • Sunshine Explanation H.O.R.S.E.
  • Horton Grand Hotel's Horse, Sunshine
  • Description of Sunshine, Horton Grand Hotel's Horse
  • Crowded Street, Old San Diego, circa 1890s
  • Portrait of Woman, circa 1900
  • Parade Down Broadway, circa 1900
  • Chamber of Commerce and Grand Hotel, circa 1900
  • San Diego Tent and Awning and Ferguson, Bumgardner Printers and Binding company and their workforce
  • Downtown San Diego with Bags
  • Constructing the Horton Hotel
  • Horton House, circa 1900
  • Men and Children Standing Outside San Diego Pharmacy
  • Horton House with Alonzo Horton and Woman
  • Sedan Chair
  • Sedan Chair Sign