The Birth of San Marc
Local legend has it that after the San Luis Rey Mission was ransacked by Native Americans in the late 18th century, the Spaniards took chase while the Natives ran for the hills. Along the way, in 1797, the Spanish discovered fertile land that was later named Los Vallecitos de San Marcos, or Little Valleys of Saint Mark, because it was found on St. Mark's Day. After a number of land grants and hand-changes, Kansan Major Gustavus French Merriam settled a homestead in the area during the 1850s. The population grew in the 1880s, and the original town of San Marcos was born. The town continued to grow and thrive, leading to its incorporation in 1963.
An Educational Hub
San Marcos is often praised as an ideal location to raise a family for its excellent schools. The city's Palomar Community College and California State University San Marcos are award-winning schools that have led to San Marcos being named one of San Diego North's main educational hubs. The San Marcos Unified School District offers K-12 education with 11 elementary schools, three middle schools, and a total of five high schools, one of which is an award-winning continuation school. The district teaches over 17,000 students each year, and many of its schools are most popular for their small class sizes and one-on-one approach to teaching.
Entertainment for Eve
No matter your preferences, San Marcos has something to feed, entertain, and interest you. The city is known for having some of the best food in the county, and locals and tourists alike enjoy Old California Restaurant Row, a plaza/strip mall-like lot featuring many different restaurants with culturally varied cuisine all in one location. The city also offers several golf courses, parks, and historical local landmarks, such as the illuminated cross that can be seen at night atop a hill over Lake San Marcos. If you enjoy nature and fancy a scenic bike ride, you are entertained for miles along any of the numerous trails