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California Southern (Santa Fe Depot)

The California Southern (Santa Fe Depot) was built in 1887 at D and Atlantic Streets, now Broadway and Pacific Highway. This magnificent Victorian Railroad Depot, San Diego's first real connection to the world, was demolished after the New Spanish Revival Depot was constructed across the tracks to the east. The new depot was built to compliment the buildings for the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park.

Photo courtesy Coons collection

The site is still vacant, but will soon be occupied by a new office tower being built by the Irving Company. This important archeological site may yield significant information about the period when the completion of the transcontinental railroad finally realized a long fought for dream and allowed San Diego, in the words of the time, to "Greet The World."

Photo by Bruce Coons


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2476 San Diego Avenue · San Diego CA 92110 · Phone (619) 297-9327
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