El Cajon History

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 The Abbreviated March of Camp Grossmont by Mike  Kaszuba

Articles by G. Carroll Rice, 2010-2014

The Lively Arts in El Cajon, 1892 - 1952

El Cajon's Crown Jewel:  The Corona Hotel 1886 - 1920

Major Levi Chase, El Cajon's First Booster

From Exploration to Rancho

Food From The Earth: El Cajon Valley's Abundance

Airplanes Over El Cajon El Cajon Boy Scout Troop 46
The Spotlighters: El Cajon's
Home-Grown Theatre

EL CAJON, 1886

Picturesque San Diego, by Douglas Gunn, 1887

El Cajon Valley, 1899

The Best Town in San Diego County by J.C. Safley, 1946

The El Cajon Story

Articles by W.S. Head, 1952

Knox's Corners Map

Manuscripts of Hazel Sperry, Historian, 1968

A Brief History of Knox's El Cajon Hotel

The Corners - El Cajon's First Shopping Center
The Story of the Early Development of Main Street

The History of the Centennial Ranch and Castle Rock Ranch

A Brief History of the Boston Ranch and Early Bostonia 

The Story of Major Levi Chase and the Chase Ranch, "Cajon Villa"

The Story of the D.G. Gordon Family and Ranch in Early Bostonia

El Cajon Postal History:  1878 - 1971

History of the El Cajon Cemetery, Monument Hill,and Flinn Springs Cemetery

A Brief History of the Schools of the El Cajon Valley

The Asher-Vacher Story

The Story of the Uri Hill Family in Early El Cajon

Frank Patterson, Freelance Photographer

Historical Data on the City of El Cajon

More Articles

A.L. Knox Cited as First Business Man in Present Location of City

A Slice of History:  El Cajon Valley Grew From $500 Debt Payment, by Del Hood, 1981

Famous Firsts: A Collection of Articles, by James Graves

Historical Society Urged in El Cajon, 1973

Donations Furnish Restored Hotel, 1973

97 Years of the El Cajon Woman's Club

Articles by Chloris Scott, 1960s, 1980s

 A Look Back/The Knox Hotel was the hub of the El Cajon Valley

Big Changes Mark Passing of Years, Aug. 1968

California Compromise Postponed Civil War, Sept. 1968

Birthday Celebrations Today Nostalgic, Sept. 1968

Part of El Cajon's past went with Alice Mabel Knox, March 1980

Our Valley:  'You've come a long way' , May 1981

A Look Back/How streets were named, April 1982

A Look Back/W.D. Hall brought much to El Cajon, July 1982

A Look Back/Eucalyptus trees rooted in county history, Aug. 1982

A Look Back/Schools have come a long way, Sept. 1982

A Look Back/How El Cajon was incorporated, Oct. 1982

A Look Back/Visiting historic landmarks, Nov. 1982

A Look Back/Family home once had 12 Halls, Dec. 1982

A Look Back/El Cajon could have been a 'Hollywood', Jan. 1983

They lined streets before Ma Goose, Nov. 1983

More Articles

Union and East County Go Way Back -- to 1886 by Virginia I. Spiller, 1992

History of Our Area Comes to Life Again by Eldonna Lay, 2007

From Raisins Grown in El Cajon to Chicago's 1892 World's Columbian Exposition by Eldonna Lay, 2007

Fertile Land Gave Rise to Award-winning Raisins by Eldonna Lay, 2008

The Birdseyes - First Family of GrossmontExcerpt from book by Hubert Guy


Read stories and longer narratives written by
current and former residents

Student work should never be used for research

The pages below about El Cajon history were written
in 2000 by Karen Hayes's 7th grade students at
Hillsdale Middle School

See the Education page for essays written by 3rd Graders

School History

Cuyamaca Indian Legend

The Pedrorena Cattle Brand

A Day in the Life of a Third Grade Girl

Dr. Mathewson

Isaac Lankershim

The Pedrorena Family

A Day in the Life of a Third Grade Boy

Gold in El Cajon

Major Levi Chase

Poultry Raising in El Cajon Valley

Take a quiz about the history of El Cajon!

Grapes in El Cajon

Mail in El Cajon

Squatters in El Cajon

The Hall Family

Padres in El Cajon

El Cajon Timeline

Heritage Park



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