Located in San Diego County in the state of California and is bordered in the east of Downtown San Diego. El Cajon is situated in a valley that has been surrounded by mountains and was nicknamed "The Box" that is similar to its Spanish name that means "the box" or "the drawer." During the early reign of the Spanish in the state of California, the government has encouraged the settlements of the state's territory and by the establishment of substantial, large land grants that are called Ranchos, wherein in English means Ranch. With the land grants that were made to the Roman Catholic Church wherein missions throughout the region were being made. During the early years of the missionaries, the priests have been searching for a pasture that led them to the El Cajon Valley and wherein its surrounding foothills has served as a barrier for the straying cattle and for the watershed to gather sparse rainfall.
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