The Rich History of Escondido

Did you know that Escondido is one of the oldest cities in San Diego County? This gorgeous North County city dates back to 1888 and has a rich and varied history. Are you excited by the idea of living in a place with a strong connection to its past? Then Escondido may be just the place for you!

The early days of Escondido

According to the well-known archaeologist Malcolm Jennings Rogers, the area now known as Escondido was populated some 4,000 years ago by native tribes. In 1776, Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza discovered the land. During the Mission period in the 1840s, San Diego County was divided into 30 land grants. The area of Escondido was part of Rincon del Diablo (devil’s corner), given to Juan Bautista Alvarado in 1843. He built a six-room adobe for his family on the land but died three years later. In the 1850s it was sold to Judge Oliver S. Witherby, the first San Diego representative to the state legislature. It changed hands again in 1868 when it was purchased by the Wolfskill brothers of Los Angeles.

The first permanent settlement comes to Escondido

The first permanent settlement came to Rincon del Diablo in the 1880s along with a post office. The land was sold to the Escondido Company in 1883 and the name of the area was changed to Escondido, which is Spanish for “hidden.” In 1886 they deeded the land grant to the Escondido Land & Town Company. Shortly after, they laid out the town and divided the valley into small citrus and grape farms. The Santa Fe Railway built a line to town in 1887. As a result, it helped to funnel visitors to the new 100-room hotel.

Escondido incorporates and grows

Escondido incorporated in 1888 with a board of five elected trustees, a clerk, a treasurer, and a marshal. The board of trustees then elected the president or mayor, the first of which was A.K. Crovath. By 1900, Escondido had a population of 1,200 and began its slow and steady climb. The citrus and grape industries were long-time boons for Escondido’s growth, as well as grain and hay farming. As a matter of fact, in the 1920s, Escondido boasted the largest lemon-packing industry in the world. Around this time, avocados also became important to Escondido’s economic growth.

Escondido today

Today, Escondido boasts a population of approximately 143,000. It is considered one of the most desirable places to live in North County San Diego. Escondido is a city that has embraced its history, and you can learn much more at the Escondido History Center. Located in Grape Day Park, the museum includes a barn, windmill, wagon, blacksmith shop, and the Hoffman House. You can also take a walking tour of Escondido history on the second Saturday of each month.

Contact the Clark & Gilman Team

Are you ready to buy or sell a home in Escondido? Then contact the Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team at 760-758-1211 or [email protected]. Our expert agents are standing by to answer all your questions. We’re here to help you through every step of the real estate process. Contact us today!

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