Lakeside is a Census-Designed Place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. The population of the 2010 census was 20,648, compared to 19,560 at the 2000 census. Lakeside was part of Rancho El Cajon, a Mexican rancho which was granted to Don Miguel de Pedrorena Californio Ranchero and owned by the family of California Constitution, a signatory to the California Constitution.
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Lakeside was founded in 1886 when the El Cajon Valley Land Company bought 6600 hectares of land around the naturally occurring Lindo Lake, which began to promote the town as a town and built a Victorian inn, the Lakeside Hotel, at a cost of $50,000 (today $120,000  ). Three years later, in 1889, the town was connected to the railway system, and small businesses began to emerge, turning Lakeside into a bustling community. In 1904, John H. Gay bought the hotel and enclosed the park surrounding the lake and claimed part of his estate. He built a car and horse racing track on the lake, which became famous when Barney Oldfield set a new speed record during a visit to the track at its opening in 1907. Lakeside has had a reputation as a cowboy town and rodeo town for many years due to its rural surroundings, ranch predominance and abundant horse ownership in the area, and is home to a 32,000 square foot permanent rodeo facility at Lakeside Rodeo Grounds.
The facility is managed and maintained by the El Capitan Stadium Association, a volunteer group dedicated to supporting and supporting youth of Lakeside by giving proceeds from the leasing of sports facilities to local sports facilities and training scholarships. Many social service groups in Lakeside are active including Youth Ventures, the Teen Center, VFW, Kiwanis International, Elche, Optimists, Soroptimists, 4-H, FFA, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Youth Soccer, Baseball and Football League, BMX track and Cactus Park. The U.S. Navy maintains two large residential areas in the area that are militarily dependent. Lakeside has been home to significant Indian, Spanish-speaking and Filipino populations since the mid-20th century.
Today, the Lakeside Historical Society is responsible for protecting the city’s history, preserving buildings and the historic former downtown along Maine Avenue, which is a long way from the central business district. Lakeside was named after the presence of a small natural lake when it was founded and now has three large reservoirs: El Capitan Reservoir,: Lake Jennings and San Vicente Reservoir. The lakes are stocked with a variety of fish species, from bass and catfish to rainbow trout, by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and are popular fishing destinations for locals and county residents.
The latter two are open to water sports such as wakeboarding and jet skiing. There are also a number of parks with outdoor hiking trails for walking, biking and horseback riding, especially River Park on the banks of the San Diego River and the parks around Lindo Lake, Stelzer and El Monte County Parks. Near the lakeside is the climb up to the top of El Cajon Mountain, nicknamed the “El Capitan” because of its similarity with famous Yosemite cliffs that dominate the view of the mountains from the lakeside. In addition to a variety of outdoor activities, Lakeside is within walking distance of a number of Native American casino establishments, of which the most popular is Barona Resort & Casino just a few miles north. Barona is an all-inclusive resort with hotel, buffet and golf facilities, and is characterized by lower age restrictions for players under 18 than most California casinos.