“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rancho Cucamonga in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Tapia Adobe Site

Tapia Adobe Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Beeman, May 28, 2006
1. Tapia Adobe Site Marker
Inscription. In 1839 Governor Juan Alvarado granted the 13,000-acre tract called Cucamonga to Tiburcio Tapia, an ex-soldier who was a prominent merchant and alcalde in Los Angeles. A half-mile west of this marker Tapia, employing Indian laborers, immediately built an adobe house on a vantage point on Red Hill. The large adobe was abandoned in 1858 when Tapia's heirs sold the rancho. The adobe soon disintegrated into its native earth. This marker is located on land which once was a part of Tapia's rancho.
Erected 1985 by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with E Clampus Vitus–Bill Holcomb Chapter, Rancho Cucamonga Historical Society, San Bernadino County Museum Association, and Thomas Vineyards, on June 2. (Marker Number 360.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 34° 6.4′ N, 117° 36.657′ W. Marker is in Rancho Cucamonga, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard (California Route 66) and Vineyard Avenue on Foothill Boulevard. Click for map. The marker is located at the Thomas Winery Plaza. (Old Route 66). It is located about 2.5 miles north of the I-10 Freeway. After
From Parking Lot image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Beeman, May 28, 2006
2. From Parking Lot
construction of a small plaza at this corner the marker is now facing away from traffic towards the restaurant. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8916 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cucamonga Winery (a few steps from this marker); Red Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Bear Gulch (approx. mile away); Cucamonga Service Station (approx. one mile away); Madonna of the Trail (approx. 2.3 miles away); George Chaffey, Jr. (approx. 2.3 miles away); WCTU Fountain (approx. 3.6 miles away); Mule Car (approx. 3.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rancho Cucamonga.
More about this marker. The site was formally occupied by the Thomas Winery. On an old wine cask beside Vineyard Avenue are the words "Site of California's Oldest Winery, founded by Don Tiburcio Tapia 1839." Don Tiburcio was rumored to have buried a treasure of coins. His ghost appeared to his daughter showing her where a few coins and a scrap of leather with markings on it had been hidden. The treasure remained undiscovered.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
Regarding Tapia Adobe Site.
The Tapia Adobe Interpretative Sign image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Beeman, May 28, 2006
3. The Tapia Adobe Interpretative Sign
(Text on the sign in Photo No. 3)

The Tapia Adobe.This 30 foot by 160 foot adobe structure was built by Tiburcio Tapia in 1839, and has witnessed a great deal of California history . . . a history punctuated by Catholic missions, Mexican rancheros, Yankee clipper ships, Butterfield stagecoaches and, occasionally, by violence.

Tiburcio Tapia was a prominent citizen of early California, soldier, guard, trader, merchant and eventually wealthy land-owner Tiburcio was 50 when in 1839 Juan Batista Alvarado, Governor of Mexican California, rewarded his loyalty with 13,000 acres of prime foothill land.

This area's "sticky" clay-like soils made excellent sun-dried bricks for adobe structures which were popular in early California. Their foot-thick walls of help to keep occupants warm in winter and cool in summer. Strengthened by the addition of straw or grass and shaped in wooden forms, damp "bricks" were left to dry in the sun before being stacked to create walls exterior walls. Exterior walls were usually coated with white wash, wood or other water resistant material, and further protected from direct rainfall by overhanging roofs.

This adobe eventually was restored by Webster H. and Clifford H. Thomas whose father purchased the winery in 1918.
Also see . . .  Once Upon a Time In Mexico.
An Old Wine Cask image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, August 30, 2005
4. An Old Wine Cask
Site of
Oldest Winery
founded by
Don Tiburcio Tapia
Guest column by Congresswoman Diane E. Watson has a few words about Tiburcio Tapia. (Submitted on May 29, 2006.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joseph Beeman of Upland, California. This page has been viewed 3,279 times since then and 171 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Joseph Beeman of Upland, California.   4. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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