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El Cajon, San Diego, CA

El Cajon, Spanish for "the big box," was first recorded on September 10, 1821, as an alternative name for sitio rancho Santa Monica to describe the "boxed in" nature of the valley in which it sat. The name appeared on maps in 1873 and 1875, shortened to "Cajon," until the modern town developed in which the post office was named "Elcajon."

In 1905, the name was once again expanded to "El Cajon" under the insistence of California banker and historian, Zoeth Skinner Eldredge.

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1895 - El Cajon
El Cajon, êl kā-Hön', a post-village of San Diego co., Cal., in a beautiful valley of the same name, 15 miles N.E. of San Diego. It has a church, a newspaper office, and public schools. The fruit-growing valley of El Cajon, some 50,000 acres in extent, is, on account of its mild climate, a great resort for invalids.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1916
Elcajon, a post-village of San Diego co., Cal., in a beautiful valley of the same name, and on the San Diego, Cuyamaca and Eastern R., 15 miles NE. of San Diego, its banking point. The fruit-growing valley of El- Cajon is, on account of its mild climate, a great resort for invalids. Pop. about 100.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Whether you're into outdoor activities, cultural experiences, or just looking for some good eats, here's a list of places to go and things to do in El Cajon:
Gillespie Field:

If you're into aviation, Gillespie Field is a must-visit. You can watch small planes take off and land, or even schedule a flying lesson.

Mount Helix Park:

Head to Mount Helix for a panoramic view of the surrounding area. It's a great spot for a picnic and some stunning sunset views.

Singing Hills Golf Resort at Sycuan:

Golf enthusiasts can hit the links at this scenic resort. Even if you're not a pro, the beautiful landscape makes it a great place to enjoy a round.

Taylor Guitars Factory Tour:

If you're a music lover, check out the Taylor Guitars Factory Tour. It's a fascinating experience to see how these world-class guitars are made.

The Water Conservation Garden:

This is a beautiful and educational spot where you can learn about sustainable gardening and water conservation. It's a serene place to take a stroll.

Downtown El Cajon Farmers' Market:

On a Friday afternoon, you can explore the local Farmers' Market in downtown El Cajon.... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in El Cajon, California, USA

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