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 Flores Pio & Andrés Pico 89,742.93
Ex-Mission of San Diego Santiago Argüello 1846 58,208.00
San Jacinto.Nuevo Miguel de Pedrorena 1846 48,823.67
El Cajon María Antonia Estudillo de Pedrorena 48,799.34
Santa Rosa Juan Moreno Oct. 10, 1872 47,815.10
San Jacinto Viejo José Ant. Estudillo 1846 35,504.00
Cuyamaca Agustin Olvera 35,501.32
La Nacion (National Rancho) John Forster Aug. 3, 1858 25,631.94
San José del Valle (Warner’s Ranch) J.J. Warner 1846 26,629.88
Pauba Luis Vignes Jan. 19, 1860 26,597.96
Temécula Luis Vignes Jan. 18, 1860 26,608.94
Sobrante de San Jacinto Miguel de Pedrorena and Ro­sario E. de Aguirre 22,195.00
San Bernardo José Francisco Snook 17;763.07
Santa Ysabel José Joaquin Ortega et a1. May 4, 1872 17,719.40
Santa María (Valle de Pamo) José Joaquin Ortega et al. July 30, 1872 17,708.85
San Vicente Juan Lopez 1846 13,539.96
La Laguna Abel Stearns Sept. 3, 1872 13,338.80
Monserrate Ysidro María Alvarado July 17, 1872 13,322.90
Valle de las Viejas Ramon & Leandro Osuna 1846 13,314.00
Agua Hedionda Juan María Marron 13,311.01
Pauma José Ant. Serrano, José Aguilar, & Blas Aguilar Aug. 29, 1871 13,309.60
Guejito George W. Hamley May 24, 1866 13,298.59
Rincon del. Diablo Heirs of Juan Bautista Alvarado May 3, 1872 12,653.77
San Felipe Juan Forster Aug. 6, 1866 9,972.08
San Marcos José María Alvarado 8,978.29
Jamacha Apolinaria Lorenzana 8,881.16
Jamul Pio Pico 8,876.00
La Jolla 8,872.00
San Dieguito Juan María Osuna 8,824.71
Peñasquitas Francisco María Ruiz & Francisco M. Alvarado 8,486.01
Otay Magdalena Estudillo et al 1846 6,557.98
Tecate Juan Bandini 4,439.00
Janal Victoria Domínguez June 30, 1872 4,436.00
Los Encinitos Andrés Ybarra April 18, 1871 4,431.03
Island or Peninsula of San Diego Archibald C. Peachy & Wil­liam H. Aspinwall June 11, 1869 4,185.46
Guajome Andrés & José Manuel (Indians) 2,219.41
Buena Vista Felipe (an Indian) 2,219
Potrero San Juan Capistrano 1,167.74
El Cariso and La Cienega 1,167.00
Ex-Mission of San Luis Rey Bishop J. S. Alemany March 10, 1865 53.39
Ex-Mission of San Diego Bishop Alemany May 23, 1862 22.21


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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