Spreckels was the family name of the brothers – John and Adolph – who gave San Diego the outdoor organ in Balboa Park as one feature of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. While Adolph spent most of his time in San Francisco with the majority of the Spreckels family, John D. Spreckels chose to make his home in the San Diego area.
In fact, he made many homes in the San Diego region, for thousands — through his investments, regional planning, by supplying coal, transportation, drinking water — building homes, office buildings, theaters, and parks. Oh – and the Roller Coaster.
They called him the “sugar prince” — the wealthy son of a German immigrant who was committed to amassing a fortune in his adopted country. That was Claus Spreckels, the “sugar king.” Claus moved his young family to San Francisco in the 1850s, and raised his sons to manage businesses. John D. also learned to love great music, the wide sea, and the creative challenge of building infrastructure. After 1887, San Diego became one of his passions. As history moved from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era, the stories of our region and John D. Spreckels were intertwined. Read more HERE and HERE.