San Diego history comes alive at Fall Back Festival!

Horse rides in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. One of many fun attractions at the Fall Back Festival and Historic Children’s Street Faire.
Horse rides in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. One of many fun attractions at the Fall Back Festival and Historic Children’s Street Faire.

Late this morning I walked down to the Gaslamp to enjoy the 2016 Fall Back Festival and Historic Children’s Street Faire. A very long name for a very cool event!

Before the Fall Back Festival begins, clocks are set back one hour, as Daylight Saving Time ends. When the festival begins, however, clocks seem magically set back over a hundred years! Several blocks in the Gaslamp Quarter are transformed into a scene from the Old West, complete with cowboys, horses, a working blacksmith and more! The festival provides an idea of what San Diego might have been like in the mid to late 19th century.

Every year, the family-friendly Fall Back Festival appears about the same, but that’s just fine. Each journey back in time is wonderful!

Kids rides horses, as the citizens of San Diego commonly did in the mid 1800s.
Kids rides horses, as the citizens of San Diego commonly did in the mid 1800s.
The Horton Grand Hotel rises behind a crowd of people enjoying the 2016 Fall Back Festival, an annual event that celebrates a fascinating period in San Diego history.
The Horton Grand Hotel rises behind a crowd of people enjoying the 2016 Fall Back Festival, an annual event that celebrates a fascinating period in San Diego history.
Families dressed in Old West attire had a lot of fun as photos were taken at the Fall Back Festival!
Families dressed in Old West attire had a lot of fun as photos were taken at the Fall Back Festival!
All sorts of Western hats, cowboy gear and Victorian finery could be donned at this table.
All sorts of Western hats, cowboy gear and Victorian finery could be donned at this table.
Participants in the Fall Back Festival, wearing clothing from San Diego's past. I felt like I had been transported back in time.
Participants in the Fall Back Festival, wearing clothing from San Diego’s past. I felt as if I’d been transported back in time.
A friendly hog greets somebody at the Fall Back Festival.
A friendly hog greets somebody at the Fall Back Festival.
Two ladies smile for my camera at the front door of the historic William Heath Davis House in San Diego's Gaslamp.
Two ladies smile for my camera at the front door of the historic William Heath Davis House in San Diego’s Gaslamp.
A row of shiny vintage cars on display during the popular downtown San Diego event.
A row of shiny vintage cars on display during the popular downtown San Diego event.
Many organizations had tents along Fourth Avenue, including the Friends of Villa Montezuma, which is a famous Victorian mansion in nearby Sherman Heights.
Many organizations had tents along Fourth Avenue, including the Friends of Villa Montezuma, which is a famous Victorian mansion in nearby Sherman Heights.
Fourth Avenue runs through San Diego's Chinatown, which is officially called the Asian Pacific Thematic Historic District. A colorful lion dancer turns heads at the Fall Back Festival.
Fourth Avenue runs through San Diego’s Chinatown, which is officially called the Asian Pacific Thematic Historic District. A colorful lion dancer turns heads at the Fall Back Festival.
San Diego's relatively brief history is remarkably diverse. An informative poster at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum table includes several photos.
San Diego’s relatively brief history is remarkably diverse. An informative poster at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum’s table includes several photos.
I doubt anyone produced bubbles this big over a century ago, but I might be wrong!
I doubt anyone produced bubbles this big over a century ago, but I might be wrong!
A blacksmith attracted a big crowd on Island Avenue in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter.
A working blacksmith attracted a big crowd on Island Avenue in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter.
Hammering red hot iron. A very cool demonstration at the 2016 Fall Back Festival!
Hammering red hot iron. A very cool demonstration at the 2016 Fall Back Festival!

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