Originally published December 3, 2013 at 11:06 a.m., updated December 3, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.
Bruce Coons, Executive Director, Save Our Heritage Organization
Clay Phillips, Superintendent, California State Parks
There's a reason Old Town is called Old Town.
It is where some of the earliest settlers chose to live when they came to this region, and many Native Americans lived at the mouth of the old San Diego River, too.
The remains of these early settlements are much older than the old town still standing in San Diego. In fact, they have been buried for decades under the Caltrans headquarters building on Taylor Street.
The chance to excavate this earliest evidence of how San Diego was settled was nearly lost, but this summer, the state reached an agreement with Caltrans and the land is now slated to become part of the California State Parks system.