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Seeley Stable

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2016 - 2017.

The Seeley Stable was built about 1869 by Albert Lewis Seeley (1822-1899) to support his transportation service. Seeley was born in Illinois in 1822 and was a stagecoach driver in Texas and Los Angeles. He came to San Diego with his English wife, Emily, and their six children in 1867. He started the United States Mail Stage Line and later gained the contract to carry mail over the San Diego to Los Angeles section of the Tucson to Los Angeles mail run. He also carried passengers between Yuma and Los Angeles. On May 1, 1869 he purchased the neighboring Bandini residence to use as depot and for accommodations. He added a second floor of wood to the original adobe structure and opened it as The Cosmopolitan Hotel. It was judged "one of the roomiest and most comfortable hotel buildings in Southern California" by The San Diego Union newspaper. The stables were also built in 1869 to support the stage lines. Over the next ten years, Seeley's business expanded to included more runs to more locations including Julian. The railroads cut into his business such that by 1887, the only remaining run was from San Diego to Ocean Beach. Later in 1887, Seeley sold the Cosmopolitan and the stable and he and his wife moved to San Francisco. The original building was damaged in a cyclone in 1901 and demolished in 1920 and reconstructed in 1974 by California State Parks.

The ground floor was for horse stalls, wagon storage, and tack room. Feed and straw was stored in the loft above. Today the ground floor displays several wheeled vehicles including a caretta (old Spanish ox cart), freight wagons, and 'mud wagon' stagecoach. Upstairs are exhibits of western memorabilia. There are also outdoor exhibits.

Daily, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

4002 Wallace St.
San Diego, CA 92110

Seeley Stable
Seeley Stable an hour before opening. Photo date: 6-13-04.

Seeley Stable interior. Photo date: 6-13-04.
Plank Road
Plank Road. Photo Date: 1-11-04.
Wagons. Photo Date: 1-11-04.
The first floor.


Caretta, a major transportation vehicle.

Wells Fargo Mail Coach.

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