Alonzo Erastus Horton, known as the “Father of San Diego,” was born in Union, Connecticut, on October 24, 1813. Horton moved
to Wisconsin in 1836 to improve his health, and began working in the cattle business and as a land speculator. In the mid-1840s,
Horton traveled to St. Louis to purchase land warrants which entitled him to 1500 acres of land in Wisconsin. With this land,
Horton developed and founded the town of Hortonville. A few years later in 1850, he sold his land and ventured west to California
in order to work in the mining industry, though not as a miner. Eventually he settled in San Francisco as a supplier and furniture
dealer. When he heard about the climate and valuable harbor in San Diego, Alonzo Horton decided to sell his business and move
south in 1867 with his second wife, Sarah Wilson Babe.