Thursday, August 01, 2013

City Daily Photo August Theme Day: Lamp Posts

Two lamp posts for the price of one - one standard-issue downtown lamp post, but one is more unusual.

When development of the area began in the 1860s, the area currently known as the Gaslamp Quarter was known as New Town, in contrast to Old Town, which was the original Spanish colonial settlement of San Diego. The name "Gaslamp Quarter" is a reference to the gas lamps that were common in San Diego in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Four new gaslamps have been installed at the intersection of Market Street and 5th Avenue to evoke that time.  The lamp post on the right of the above photo is one of them.

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