Famous Quotes about San Diego

"Thanks be to God, I have arrived at this port of San Diego. It is beautiful to behold and does not belie its reputation."

Father Junipero Serra, founder of 23 missions in the state of CA, 1769

"I thought San Diego must be Heaven on earth...It seemed to me the best spot for building a city I ever saw."

Alonzo Horton, builder of New Town, site of current downtown San Diego, 1877

"What a change in weather! It was sleeting when I left St. Louis. Here, on the 23rd of February, palm leaves flutter in warm wind and sun."

Charles Lindbergh, 1927

"Of all the dilapidated, miserable-looking places I have ever seen, this was the worst...an altogether dreary, sunblasted point of departure for nowhere..."

Mary Chase Walker, San Diego's first school teacher, 1865

"I have been in worse places than this."

Kit Carson, at the battle of San Pasqual, 1886