History of San Diego, 1542-1908


LIST OF LAND GRANTS. Following is a list of ranchos of San Diego County, showing tine number of acres in each rancho, names of grantees, and date each grant was confirmed. The names of the grantees do not represent the present proprietors, the ownership having changed, in many cases, since the confirmation of the grant:

Name of Rancho.Owner.Grant Confirmed.Acres.
Santa Margarita and Las FloresPio & Andrés Pico89,742.93
Ex-Mission of San DiegoSantiago Argüello184658,208.00
San Jacinto.NuevoMiguel de Pedrorena184648,823.67
El CajonMaría Antonia Estudillo de Pedrorena48,799.34
Santa RosaJuan MorenoOct. 10, 187247,815.10
San Jacinto ViejoJosé Ant. Estudillo184635,504.00
CuyamacaAgustin Olvera35,501.32
La Nacion (National Rancho)John ForsterAug. 3, 185825,631.94
San José del Valle (Warner’s Ranch)J.J. Warner184626,629.88
PaubaLuis VignesJan. 19, 186026,597.96
TeméculaLuis VignesJan. 18, 186026,608.94
Sobrante de San JacintoMiguel de Pedrorena and Ro­sario E. de Aguirre22,195.00
San BernardoJosé Francisco Snook17;763.07
Santa YsabelJosé Joaquin Ortega et a1.May 4, 187217,719.40
Santa María (Valle de Pamo)José Joaquin Ortega et al.July 30, 187217,708.85
San VicenteJuan Lopez184613,539.96
La LagunaAbel StearnsSept. 3, 187213,338.80
MonserrateYsidro María AlvaradoJuly 17, 187213,322.90
Valle de las ViejasRamon & Leandro Osuna184613,314.00
Agua HediondaJuan María Marron13,311.01
PaumaJosé Ant. Serrano, José Aguilar, & Blas AguilarAug. 29, 187113,309.60
GuejitoGeorge W. HamleyMay 24, 186613,298.59
Rincon del. DiabloHeirs of Juan Bautista AlvaradoMay 3, 187212,653.77
San FelipeJuan ForsterAug. 6, 18669,972.08
San MarcosJosé María Alvarado8,978.29
JamachaApolinaria Lorenzana8,881.16
JamulPio Pico8,876.00
La Jolla8,872.00
San DieguitoJuan María Osuna8,824.71
PeñasquitasFrancisco María Ruiz & Francisco M. Alvarado8,486.01
OtayMagdalena Estudillo et al18466,557.98
TecateJuan Bandini4,439.00
JanalVictoria DomínguezJune 30, 18724,436.00
Los EncinitosAndrés YbarraApril 18, 18714,431.03
Island or Peninsula of San DiegoArchibald C. Peachy & Wil­liam H. AspinwallJune 11, 18694,185.46
GuajomeAndrés & José Manuel (Indians)2,219.41
Buena VistaFelipe (an Indian)2,219
Potrero San Juan Capistrano1,167.74
El Cariso and La Cienega1,167.00
Ex-Mission of San Luis ReyBishop J. S. AlemanyMarch 10, 186553.39
Ex-Mission of San DiegoBishop AlemanyMay 23, 186222.21


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Main Page
Author’s Foreword
Introduction: The Historical Pre-Eminence of San Diego

PART ONE:   Period of Discovery and Mission Rule

  1. The Spanish Explorers
  2. Beginning of the Mission Epoch
  3. The Taming of the Indian
  4. The Day of Mission Greatness
  5. The End of Franciscan Rule
    Priests of San Diego Mission

PART TWO:   When Old Town Was San Diego

  1. Life on Presidio Hill Under the Spanish Flag
    List of Spanish and Mexican commandants
  2. Beginnings of Agriculture and Commerce
    List of Ranchos in San Diego County
  3. Political Life in Mexican Days
  4. Early Homes, Visitors and Families
  5. Pleasant Memories of Social Life
  6. Prominent Spanish Families
  7. The Indians’ Relations With the Settlers
    List of Mission Indian Lands
  8. San Diego in the Mexican War
  9. Public Affairs After the War
  10. Accounts of Early Visitors and Settlers
  11. Annals of the Close of Old San Diego
  12. American Families of the Early Time
  13. The Journalism of Old San Diego
  14. Abortive Attempt to Establish New San Diego

PART THREE:   The Horton Period

  1. The Founder of the Modern City
  2. Horton’s Own Story
  3. Early Railroad Efforts, Including the Texas and Pacific
  4. San Diego’s First Boom
  5. Some Aspects of Social Life

PART FOUR:   Period of “The Great Boom”

  1. Coming of the Santa Fe
  2. Phenomena of the The Great Boom
  3. Growth of Public Utilities
  4. Water Development

PART FIVE:   The Last Two Decades

  1. Local Annals, After the Boom
  2. Political Affairs and Municipal Campaigns
  3. Later Journalism and Literature [new material in second edition]
  4. The Disaster to the Bennington
  5. The Twentieth Century Days
  6. John D. Spreckels Solves the Railroad Problem

PART SIX:   Institutions of Civic Life

  1. Churches and Religious Life
  2. Schools and Education
  3. Records of the Bench and Bar
  4. Growth of the Medical Profession
  5. The Public Library
  6. Story of the City Parks
  7. The Chamber of Commerce
  8. Banks and Banking
  9. Secret, Fraternal and Other Societies
  10. Account of the Fire Department

PART SEVEN:   Miscellaneous Topics

  1. History of the San Diego Climate
  2. San Diego Bay, Harbor and River
  3. Governmental Activities
  4. The Suburbs of San Diego

Political Roster, City of San Diego
Political Roster, San Diego County