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Spring Valley in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Bancroft Ranch House

 
 
Bancroft Ranch House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 5, 2009
1. Bancroft Ranch House Marker
Inscription. Adobe built about 1850 by A.S. Ensworth. Home of Capt. Rufus K. Porter and family. Curved timbers brought from the "Clarissa Andrews," famed coaling hulk formerly of the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Historian Hubert Howe Bancroft later owned this estate and here wrote a part of his monumental History of California.
 
Erected 1958 by San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the Historical Markers Committee. (Marker Number 626.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 32° 44.74′ N, 117° 0.116′ W. Marker is in Spring Valley, California, in San Diego County. Marker can be reached from Memory Lane east of Bancroft Drive. Click for map. Marker is located in the center of the parking lot, approximately 200 feet northwest of Bancroft County Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9000 Memory Lane, Spring Valley CA 91977, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Amaziah Lord Knox (approx. 4.1 miles away); Historic El Cajon Hall (approx. 4.2 miles away); San Diego State University (approx. 4.7 miles away);
Bancroft Ranch House image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, March 28, 2010
2. Bancroft Ranch House
KCBQ “Top 40” Personalities (approx. 6.5 miles away); El Camino Real (approx. 6.6 miles away); Mission San Diego de Alcala (approx. 6.6 miles away); The Church (approx. 6.6 miles away); The Campanario (approx. 6.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  The Bancroft Ranch House Museum. The adobe house and surrounding grounds have a long history, mostly due to the presence of a nearby spring. In May of 1863, Judge Augustus S. Ensworth, of San Diego, filed claim to 160 acres of land that included the spring. He built a two room adobe on the property, the first house erected by a white man in the eastern part of San Diego County. (Submitted on January 18, 2012.) 
 
Categories. EducationNotable Persons
 
Bancroft Ranch House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 5, 2009
3. Bancroft Ranch House
Bancroft Ranch House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 5, 2009
4. Bancroft Ranch House
Bancroft Ranch House El Camino Real Bell image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, March 28, 2010
5. Bancroft Ranch House El Camino Real Bell
The marker seen mounted on the base is a National Historic Landmark Plaque
Honoring image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, March 28, 2010
6. Honoring
Herbert Howe Bancroft
1832 - 1918
Noted historian of the West
and the Spring Valley citizens
who saved this historic adobe.
San Diego Chapter, NSDAR
Bancroft Ranch House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 5, 2009
7. Bancroft Ranch House
Welcome to the
Bancroft Ranch House (1863)
Museum
Open Fri, Sat & Sun 1-4 PM
619 469-1480 or 619 726 4301 cel
l Spring Valley Historical Society
Next Meeting April 4
Enter Here - Free Admission 6:00 PM
Bancroft Ranch House image. Click for full size.
By H.D. Hanekamp, circa 1964
8. Bancroft Ranch House
HABS CA-431
"Built about 1856 by A.S. Ensworth, Justice of the Peace. Occupied by Captain Rufus K. Porter who gave Spring Valley its name. Later occupied by Hubert Howe Bancroft, the famous historian, from 1885 until his death in 1918."
West Room image. Click for full size.
By H. G. Hanekamp, circa 1964
9. West Room
Historic American Building Survey
HABS CAL,37-SPRIV,1--4
 
 
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