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'Sin Diego: The Stingaree's Transformation From Vice To Nice' Exhibit
Above: Promotional graphic of Stingaree, Stingaree District, red light district, waterfront, chinatown. Courtesy of the San Diego History Center.
"SIN DIEGO: The Stingaree's Transformation from Vice to Nice" showcases the development, and eventual "clean up" of San Diego's infamous redlight district. The district existed between 1st and 6th Avenues (west-east) and from H (today Market Street) to the bay (north-south).
The term "Stingaree" originated it is said because people who visited the neighborhood got stung (like a sting from a stingray) by the many vices the district possessed. During it's heyday around the turn of the 20th Century, the Stingaree boasted 71 saloons, 120 bawdy houses, opium dens, and gambling establishements. San Diego's waterfront became "synonomous with sin," said the detractors of the day, and rivaled San Francisco's Barbary Coast and New York's Bowery Districts. Given the racial restrictions of the day, the neighborhood also became a melting pot of nationalities from all over the globe. Wyatt Earp, while living in San Diego for two years during the "Boom of the 1880s," had his residnce and business just outside the district.
"SIN DIEGO: The Stingaree's Transformation from Vice to Nice" exhibit will be on display April 1, 2014 to November 2, 2014.
For more information visit sandiegohistory.org/sindiego.