Have you ever wondered why there’s a Roseville in Point Loma, and a Rose Creek and Rose Canyon?
Well, during a recent walk I discovered an old plaque that provides an explanation. It stands at Liberty Station beside the boat channel. That’s it in the above photograph. In the distance is Nimitz Bridge and the North Harbor Drive bridge.
Several San Diego places were named after Louis Rose.
LOUIS ROSE POINT
Louis Rose (1807-1888)
San Diego’s first Jewish settler, arrived in 1850.
He was a civic-minded businessman who developed Roseville, the oldest planned development on the Point Loma Peninsula.
Rose served as County Supervisor, City Trustee, Postmaster and School Board Member.
He was a member of San Diego’s first Grand Jury.
Rose Canyon is named in his honor.
Placed by the Louis Rose Society for the Preservation of Jewish History
Here’s a photo I once posted of an exhibit inside the Robinson-Rose Visitor Center at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park:
Louis Rose was a prominent citizen of Old Town San Diego. He was born near Hanover, Germany in 1807 and became a citizen of the United States in 1846. He moved to San Diego in 1850, becoming the first Jewish person to settle in the city. Rose was an active member of the Jewish community in San Diego. He helped to organize the first Jewish congregation, which became Congregation Beth Israel. He also hosted High Holy Day services in his house and gave 5 acres of land for a sacred burial ground in what is now Point Loma.
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