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George Derby House, 4017 Harney Street, San Diego, San Diego County, CA



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Item Title


Location
4017 Harney Street, San Diego, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-430
Building/structure dates: 1851 initial construction
Significance: This house was the home of Lt. George Horatio Derby, 1835-55, when, writing (during his leisure time) for the San Diego Herald under the pen names of John P. Squibb and John Pheonix, he introduced a form of Western humor which caused him to be recognized as the "father of the mid-19th century school of far Western humor and America's first wit," which greatly influenced writers such as Mark Twain and Lewis Grayland Clark...

Subjects
Houses


Related Names
Bandini, Juan


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Historic American Buildings Survey Union Title Company Collection Copy: 1960 WEST and SOUTH ELEVATIONS (Original Location)
2. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 1960 FRONT (WEST) ELEVATION (Original Location)
3. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 1960 VIEW OF ADOBE WING
4. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 1960 DETAIL OF WINDOW & BUTTRESS AT ADOBE
5. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 1960 DETAIL OF DOOR (Living Room - Southeast Corner)
6. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 1960 DETAIL OF FIREPLACE (North Wall - Adobe Wing)


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