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Near Novato in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Camilo Ynitia’s Adobe

 
 
Camilo Ynitia’s Adobe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 17, 2008
1. Camilo Ynitia’s Adobe Marker
Inscription. A shingled shed now protects the ruins of Camilo Ynitia’s adobe home from further weather damage. Dating from the late 1830’s this structure represents a period when the Wiwok were abandoning their traditional dwellings in favor of more sheltered adobe houses.

Encouraged by his friend, Mariano Vallejo, Ynitia sought and was granted title to 8,800 acres around Olompali village by the Mexican government in 1843. In addition to raising over 600 head of cattle, he cultivated grain fields and a small vineyard. Ynitia became a successful rancher through trade with the Mexicans, the Russians and early American settlers. His land grant was confirmed in 1852 by the United States Government, thus becoming the only Native American in Northern California to have his land grant ratified.

The only skirmish of the Bear Flag Rebellion occurred here on June 14, 1846, between Mexican soldiers and the Bear Flaggers from Sonora. The short lived Battle of Olompali resulted in the death of a Mexican officer.

 
Location. 38° 9.157′ N, 122° 34.267′ W. Marker is near Novato, California, in Marin County. Marker can be reached from Lichenberg Fire Road. Click for map. Marker and site are located on the grounds of the Olomali State Historic
Camilo Ynitia’s Adobe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 17, 2008
2. Camilo Ynitia’s Adobe Marker
Park, a short walk from the parking area. Olomali State Historic Park may only be entered from southbound State Highway 101 and is 3.5 miles north of Novato. Marker is in this post office area: Novato CA 94948, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Burrell Mansion (a few steps from this marker); Burdell Mansion (a few steps from this marker); Galen and Mary Burdell (a few steps from this marker); Rancho Olompali (within shouting distance of this marker); Burdell Frame House (within shouting distance of this marker); Setting for a Colorful Past (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Novato's First Railroad Station (approx. 3.2 miles away); Old Novato City Hall (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Novato.
 
Regarding Camilo Ynitia’s Adobe. This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.210

Historical Landmark Description: OLDEST HOUSE NORTH OF SAN FRANCISCO BAY - This house was built in 1776 by the father of Camillo Ynitia or Unitia, the last chief of the Olompali Indians. The Indians were taught to make adobe bricks by Lieutenant Bodega and his party while they were surveying and charting the harbor of San Francisco Bay.
Close Up of Artwork on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 17, 2008
3. Close Up of Artwork on Marker
The old adobe house is inside the house now on the site. (Burned in 1976.)
 
Also see . . .
1. California State Parks: Olompali State Historic Park. (Submitted on October 5, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Biography of Camillo Ynitia. (Submitted on October 5, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. Marin County: Olompali Rancho. (Submitted on October 5, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Camilo Ynitia’s Adobe image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 17, 2008
4. Camilo Ynitia’s Adobe
Camilo Ynitia’s Adobe image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 17, 2008
5. Camilo Ynitia’s Adobe
Camilo Ynitia’s Adobe image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 17, 2008
6. Camilo Ynitia’s Adobe
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,831 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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