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Witness the evolution of a rough-and-ready Mexican military outpost to an American frontier town during your visit to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Even today, life moves more slowly in this part of San Diego, where the hustle and bustle is balanced with history and fiesta. Visitors are offered a glimpse into yesteryear, as converging cultures transformed San Diego from a Mexican pueblo to an American settlement. The core of restored original historic buildings from the interpretive period are complemented by reconstructed sites, along with early twentieth century buildings designed in the same mode. The Historic Plaza remains a special place for gatherings and historic activity. Five original adobe buildings are part of the historic park, which includes museums, unique retail shops, and several restaurants.

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