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Our El Cajon Living section covers the city of El Cajon and unincorporated El Cajon areas including Fletcher Hlils and Rancho San Diego.

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El Cajon is located in Southern California, 15 miles east of San Diego and is the fifth largest of 18 cities in San Diego County.

El Cajon is Spanish for “the box”, a reference to its valley location.

The Spanish padres at San Diego’s mission once ran cattle and grew grapes in the El Cajon Valley.

El Cajon became a city in 1912 and recently celebrated its centennial. 

One of the first official acts of the new Council was to ban horse racing down Maine Street and ownership of livestock within the city limits.

In 1914, the city repealed a portion of that law to once again allow chicken ownership in El Cajon.

El Cajon and the Rancho San Diego area are home to 40,000 to 60,000 Iraqi Chaldean Christians, the second largest Chaldean population in the United States, after Detroit.

The Chase gold mine in El Cajon yielded over $100,000 in gold before it shut down during World War II.

The El Cajon/Rancho San Diego communities are home to two community colleges, Grossmont and Cuyamaca.

Each Sunday before Thanksgiving, El Cajon hosts the annual Mother Goose Parade, the largest parade of its type west of the Mississippi with floats, bands, equestrians, clowns, giant helium balloons, celebrities and Santa Claus.

Downtown El Cajon hosts Cajon Classic Cruises and Concerts on the Green all summer along, as well as HauntFest on Main at Halloween. America on Main Street is yet another annual festivity in downtown El Cajon.

The world-famous Taylor Guitars is located in El Cajon. Taylor has made guitars for many famous musicians from Taylor Swift to Kenny Loggins and bands from Chicago to the Rolling Stones.

El Cajon has had many residents achieve fame including Olympic diver Greg Louganis, NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, Padres infielder Kurt Bevacqua, NFL quarterback Brian Sipes, and many other sports stars as well as James Wong, producer of the X-Files, and Lester Bangs, rock music critic for Rolling Stone magazine.


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