Founded in 1886, Lakeside was named for Lindo Lake, a naturally occurring lake that was the centerpiece of a 6,600-acre purchase by the El Cajon Valley Land Co. A Victorian-style inn, called the Lakeside Hotel, was built alongside the lake. When the railroad system made its way to Lakeside in 1889, businesses came to town, cementing Lakeside as a rural community that would long outlast the inn.
Lakeside today is most accessible by Interstate 8 and Highway 67, and Lindo Lake County Park is now a 45-acre community park that’s still considered the heart of this unincorporated community. Lindo Lake County Park has a community center, teen center, softball field, tennis courts, picnic areas, a 1.5-mile trail, and will soon have a County Board of Supervisors-approved skateboard park.
The Barona Band of Mission Indians’ Barona Resort & Casino is Lakeside’s largest employer, according to Cassel of the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce. The resort includes 400 guest rooms, restaurants, a day spa, an events center, and an 18-hole golf course, while the casino boasts more than 80 tables and some 2,000 slots and video poker machines.
The casino and rodeo events are Lakeside’s main tourist attractions, Cassel said.