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Central portion of San Diego and neighborhood boundaries

Logan Heights is a neighborhood in central San Diego, California. It is bordered by Interstate 5 on the south and west, Interstate 15 on the east, and Imperial Avenue on the north.


In 1871, Congressman John A. Logan wrote legislation to provide federal land grants and subsidies for a transcontinental railroad ending in San Diego. A street laid in 1881 was named Logan Heights after him, and the name came to be applied to the general area. Plans for a railroad never successfully materialized, and the area was predominantly residential by the start of the 20th century, becoming one of San Diego's oldest communities. Its transformation began in 1910 with the influx of refugees of the Mexican Revolution, who soon became the majority ethnic group. For this reason, the southern part of the original Logan Heights neighborhood came to be called Barrio Logan.

Logan Heights is home to the most African American churches in any U.S. city from the 1900s to the present 2016. Logan Heights was home to African Americans for over 80 years, before blacks migrated to enclaves such as Emerial Hills, Skyline and Encanto. The African American churches are still being used today throughout Logan Heights for worship on any given Sunday.

Logan Height became largely Hispanic during the 1980s. Barrio Logan was and has always been different from the Logan Heights area. For reference go to San Diego Historical Society web site/Research/Journal.


Barrio Logan is known as the home of Chicano Park. A new Logan Heights branch of the San Diego Public Library opened in 2007. .

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