helped build san diego and is responsible for naming
"LOGAN HEIGHTS". IN 1871, MR. SHERMAN WENT TO WASHINGTON TO LOBBY FOR A PASSAGE OF THE LEGISLATION CHARTERING THE TEXAS TO CALIFORNIA. WHILE IN WASHINGTON, CONGRESSMAN JOHN .A LOGAN WORKED OUT THE FINAL BILL WHICH PROVIDED FEDERAL GOVERMENT LAND GRANTS AND SUBSIDIES. IT WAS LOGAN, INCIDENTALLY, FROM WHOSE NAME SAN DIEGO'S "LOGAN HEIGHTS" WAS DERIVED. ONE OF THE MAJOR STREETS IN A SUBDIVISION LAID OUT IN 1886 ON THE 1886 ON THE RAILROAD LANDS WAS NAMED FOR HIM, AND GRADUALLY THE ENTIRE AREA IN SOUTHEAST SAN DIEGO CAME TO BE CALLED "LOGAN HEIGHTS".
john a. logan
(1826 - 1886)
(1827 - 1898)
Logan Heights history
Many of the first long term residents of Logan Heights
planted the seed for our first Mexican-American
generation. Our parents and grandparents were
part of America's greatest generation era. Many
of our grandparents fled North from the Mexican
revolution and settled in San Diego 1910-1920. The
first Mexican-American generation was born right
here in our own Logan Heights. Their parents made it
a point to teach all their children to always maintain
and claim their Mexican ancestry from Mexico. The
first generation all grew up together going to the
same schools we have today. Sherman Elementary,
Memorial Junior High School and the old grey castle,
San Diego High School, just to name a few. All of our
families were familiar with and attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and that is where all the baptisms, First Holy Communions, Weddings and funerals took place for all of our families.
By the 1930s Logan Heights had grown to be one of the largest Mexican-American communities in Southern California. Our grandparents and parents helped build this great city of San Diego with their blood, sweat, tears and love for our great city. Our grandparents and parents wanted to bring their kids up in the land of opportunity so their kids could also have a piece of the apple pie and the American dream to get a free education, "be whatever you want to be". Some of the first generation became doctors, lawyers, teachers, judges, police officers, small business owners, and others were involved in local politics.
When our country entered into World War I and World War II "Logan Heights Boys", the first generations, were there to volunteer to help defend our great nations in its hour of need. This first generation earned their place in history and proved to the City of San Diego, State of California, and to the nation that our first Mexican-American generations had their piece of the apple pie, they fought and died to make this a free nation. There is no greater price to pay by making the ultimate sacrifice.
The Mexican-American Logan Heights Veteran has dedicated his life and soul to his country and is proud to be from Logan Heights.