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History of Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter

In 1867, the Gaslamp Quarter began as a way to improve Downtown San Diego and provide better access to the bay. The district covered over 16 blocks and included a variety of businesses with the hope of progressive development. It became recognized as “New Town” in contrast to “Old Town” and was named specifically after the gas lamps that were common in both the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

While some development began during this time, several years later, the area began to decline into a “redlight” district. The Gaslamp Quarter gained a poor reputation and the city’s development expanded away from the heart of Downtown, leaving it to deteriorate further.

In the early 1980′s the Gaslamp Quarter Association (GQA) was formed to begin redeveloping the old business community and restore the area. Renovations of the Victorian style buildings brought the area back to life. Today, the Gaslamp Quarter is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a popular destination for San Diego vacationers staying at hotels near Gaslamp Quarter San Diego, and includes over 400 restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, hotels, artisan shops and many other business developments.

How Can You Learn more about the Gaslamp’s Past?

Today, San Diego is proud of the bustling district and offers ample opportunities for visitors to explore the sixteen square block district. The Gaslamp Museum at the William Heath Davis House, which recognizes Davis as the original founder of New Town San Diego, hosts a variety of tours from their historic walking tour to their ghost and paranormal investigation explorations. For visitors who want to soak up everything firsthand, it’s best to simply walk through the district so you don’t miss a thing!

If you are interested in visiting the Gaslamp Quarter, don’t hesitate to contact the Pacific Inn & Suites for more information. We are one of the preferred cheap hotels near Gaslamp Quarter San Diego, offering low nightly rates and clean and spacious accommodations. If you would like to learn more about our hotel deals and discounts, call 1-800-571-2933 and speak directly with a Reservation Manager.

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