Louis Rose (March 24 1807 – February 14 1888) is a
California, USA pioneer.
was born in Germany and came to
San Diego in 1850, via New Orleans, Louisiana and Texas.
traveled to California with Judge James W. Robinson
's party. Rose was the member of
the first grand jury
and first County
Board of Supervisors in 1850,President
of the Board of Trustees for San Diego
during 1853–1855, and
served on the San Diego School Board. Rose was a volunteer in the
Garra Indian uprising.
San Diego contributions
Rose realized that transportation would be important to San Diego.
With his associate James W.
, Rose founded the San
Diego and Gila Railroad in 1855 and its treasurer. The railroad was
Rose bought land and laid out "Roseville", in the Loma
Portal area of San Diego.
He built a wharf. He
thought it would be a future city, and for a time it competed with
New Town, across the bay. He hoped to link Roseville to a railroad.
Many were skeptical about the prospects for Roseville or San Diego,
but he would always say "Just wait a while and you will see."
Roseville eventually became part of San Diego.
Rose was postmaster
at Old Town San Diego
during 1873–1883. This was an honor considering that he was
appointed by Republican
though Rose was a life-long Democrat
Rose Canyon in San Diego is named for Rose, where he bought 650
acres (2.6 km²) in 1853. He had a ranch there with a tannery
, and prospected
for gold and copper without too
much success. The tannery provided capital to build a wharf and to
lay out Roseville.
Rose died in 1888 and had one daughter, Henrietta, a school teacher
who never married.Rose is buried in Home of Peace Cemetery on
In 2004, Louis Rose Point was dedicated in honor of Rose. It's
located at the foot of Womble Street, on the grounds of the old
Naval Training Center in Roseville, San Diego.The Louis Rose
Society for the Preservation of Jewish History honors Rose.
- The History of San Diego