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Colorado House - Wells Fargo

Colorado House - Wells Fargo paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 06/10/2019
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The Colorado House was a hotel constructed and operated by Cave Johnson Couts, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Dragoons.

2733 San Diego Ave.
San Diego , CA 92110
Phone: 619-238-3929
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 32.753860
Lon: -117.197660

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Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 0
Claims: 3
Evidence: 0
Resources: 4
Retrievals: 7967
Vistor Rating: 0.0
Votes: 0

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The Colorado House was a hotel constructed and operated by Cave Johnson Couts, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Dragoons. Controversy surrounded the hotel's construction and opening; it was rumored that Couts obtained the property illegally. Construction was completed in 1851, and the two-story hotel had a first-floor veranda and square-shaped false front. Additionally, the hotel boasted a "spacious and airy dining saloon" and billiard table.

In 1851, he married Ysidora Bandini, the daughter of his friend, Juan Bandini. Among the wedding gifts was a title to over 2,200 acres of property near San Luis Rey, where Couts built his family residence. Couts lost interest in the Colorado House due to preoccupation with his rancho, and leased the hotel in 1854.

Over the next 12 years, the building was renovated to provide office space for the San Diego Herald, a surgeon, jeweler, hairdresser, and other businesses. Couts sold the property to Joseph Mannasse and Marcus Schiller in 1866, and the building burned in the 1872 fire on San Diego Avenue.

California State Parks reconstructed the building in 1992, and it is now operated by Wells Fargo as a stage stop and telegraph office.

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3159 08/10/2019 sdonley Disembodied voices have been heard.
3160 08/10/2019 sdonley Cold spots have been felt in the building.
3161 08/10/2019 sdonley Disembodied footsteps have been heard.

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Wikipedia Entry
Added: 08/10/2019 By: sdonley
Wikipedia entry for this location.
Shopping in Old Town San Diego
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Provides shopping and dining information in Historic Old Town San Diego.
Welcome to Old Town
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Old Town San Diego Guide, learn about history, find entertainment, shopping and dining in San Diego's Historic Old Town, in the official Guide of the Old Town San Diego Chamber. See photos of Old Town San Diego Historic sites, Bazaar del Mundo, Plaza Del Pasado and a map of the Old Town San Diego area.
Colorado House | Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
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