Illustration of a corner of the park that includes the Cosmopolitan Hotel, the Johnson House, and La Casa de Estudillo museum


The following essays were written by San Diego State University Interns in Spring 2021, directed by Dr. Megan Suster, former State Park Interpreter II, through the Relevancy & History Project. Please do not reproduce or quote from the essays without citing the author, source, and location. To learn more about the Relevancy & History Project, please contact Old Town San Diego SHP at or 619-220-5422.

Small Building, Big Reponsibilities: the First San Diego Courthouse

Education on the Frontier: The Mason Street Schoolhouse

Newspapers on the Frontier: The San Diego Union