First San Diego Courthouse

First San Diego Courthouse: Address, Phone Number, First San Diego Courthouse Reviews: 4/5

First San Diego Courthouse
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Old Town
How to get there
  • Old Town Transit Center • 2 min walk

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14 reviews
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Rainier72
Lynnwood, WA676 contributions
Small And Quick
Aug 2019
The First San Diego Courthouse in another small exhibit in Old Town. Mainly a couple of rooms to explore like the sheriffs office and a jail in the back. Like all the other exhibits in the park, it does a great job telling the story of San Diego back in the day. Another fun stop on the Old Town tour.
Written August 25, 2019
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989emmettm
Scottsdale, AZ245 contributions
Exceptional
Oct 2018
The first building built in San Diego with bricks, rather than adobe or wood.
Building dates back to 1847 and includes interesting displays. Be sure to
go through to the rear and check out the old jail.
Written November 1, 2018
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J-from-Marysville
Marysville, OH866 contributions
Small and free
Oct 2017 • Couples
This is one of the few remaining museums left at Old Town. Signage inside gives some of the important details about the site and its construction. But, not much there. Allow 5 to 10 minutes.
Written October 10, 2017
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Brian S
Phoenix, AZ824 contributions
Great Little Museum
Oct 2016 • Solo
Great little museum showing the first courthouse, sheriff's offices and jail. Excellent little place if you like history. Good place to take some pictures and see how they lived and did business in the mid 1800s.
Written October 15, 2016
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Kenneth L
Los Angeles, CA421 contributions
Small but Important
May 2016 • Couples
What can I say? It's small, about 16 by 27 feet, but this little building was the first brick courthouse in San Diego back when San Diego was a small community in the late 1840s. The front room is the court room and now has displays and the bench area is roped off. The back has two smaller rooms for a clerk and sheriff. Behind is an iron box which was the jail - I wouldn't want to be locked up in it for long. Allow about 5 to 20 minutes. It's free and part of the Old Town San Diego Historic Park. This building is actually a reconstruction (1992) since the first was destroyed by fire in 1872. This was not my first visit to this little museum.
Written August 31, 2016
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AlexanderD
Jackson, NJ4,467 contributions
Quick bit of history
Aug 2016 • Family
This is a tiny museum, barely two rooms of exhibits. It is interesting, however, and when combined with the Wells Fargo museum makes for a good dose of quick (and free) history right in the middle of the Old Town park.
Written August 24, 2016
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Oliver S
New York City, NY11,036 contributions
At least they did something!
Dec 2015 • Couples
Having marched for a long time from Salt Lake City, the Mormon Battalion finally arrived in San Diego to find out the Mexican War had already finished and our side had won. Not to disappoint, they got busy building the first Courthouse. There is very little of interest inside and a copy of the wax figure of the First Sheriff, the same one you can see in the Sheriff's department. Free.
Written December 8, 2015
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Saskheat
Saskatoon, Canada1,613 contributions
Small, Free and adds to the Character of Old Town
Aug 2015 • Family
This museum is located smack dab in the middle of Old Town. Its only two rooms. Most of it is partitioned off by plexiglass. You can see the whole thing in literally 10 minutes or less even if you read everything.

Don't miss the Iron Jail cell on display out back, I found that more interesting than the museum. I couldnt imagine being in the "Hot Box".

This is not to be confused with the "court room" display on the 2nd floor of the private Whalley House museum, just outside of the "Old Town walking plaza".

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Written September 9, 2015
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Brian P
Palmdale, CA127 contributions
Rebuilt but not authentic
In and out in 1 minute. It's been rebuilt so it is not authentic looking. Couple of pics and some items from the original place.
Written January 2, 2015
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KBF1504X4
Houston, TX11 contributions
Interesting
Nov 2014 • Family
Very cool to see! Just go and see it for yourself, you will be glad you did. I am and so was the family.
Written November 10, 2014
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