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Leo Carrillo Ranch

(Rancho de Los Kiotes)

 
 
Leo Carrillo Ranch (Rancho de Los Kiotes) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
1. Leo Carrillo Ranch (Rancho de Los Kiotes) Marker
Inscription. Between 1937 and 1940, these adobe and wood buildings were built by actor Leo Carrillo as a retreat, working ranch, and tribute to old California culture and architecture. The Leo Carrillo Ranch, with its Flying "LC" brand, originally covered 2,538 acres and was frequented by Carrillo and his friends until 1960. Leo Carrillo was a strong, positive, and well-loved role model who sought to celebrate California's early Spanish heritage, through a life of good deeds and charitable causes.
 
Erected 1996 by State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the City of Carlsbad, Friends of Carrillo Ranch, and Squibob Chapter, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 1020.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 33° 7.219′ N, 117° 14.2′ W. Marker is in Carlsbad, California, in San Diego County. Marker can be reached from Flying LC Lane north of Carrillo Way. Click for map. Marker is located in the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6298 Flying LC Lane, Carlsbad CA 92009, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stagecoach Park (approx. 3.1 miles away); Welcome to Agua Hedionda
Leo Carrillo Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
2. Leo Carrillo Ranch Marker
(approx. 4.3 miles away); Agua Hedionda Lagoon (approx. 4.3 miles away); Olivenhain Meeting Hall (approx. 5.3 miles away); Carlsbad Santa Fe Depot (approx. 7.1 miles away); Twin Inns (approx. 7.1 miles away); Carlsbad by the Sea Retirement Community (approx. 7.2 miles away); Capt. John A. Frazier (approx. 7.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Carlsbad.
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkEntertainmentHispanic Americans
 
Rancho de Los Kiotes image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
3. Rancho de Los Kiotes
has been placed
on the
National
Register of
Historic Places by the United States
Department of the
Interior
Leo Carrillo Ranch Park image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 5, 2009
4. Leo Carrillo Ranch Park
Leo Carrillo Ranch image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 5, 2009
5. Leo Carrillo Ranch
Rancho de Los Quiotes image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
6. Rancho de Los Quiotes
Ranch of the Spanish Daggers
Leo Carrillo - Dueno
Carrillo Ranch Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
7. Carrillo Ranch Visitor Center
Camisa de Pancho image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
8. Camisa de Pancho
Leo Carrillo & Conquistador image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
9. Leo Carrillo & Conquistador
Flying "LC" Brand image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
10. Flying "LC" Brand
Leo Carrillo Ranch image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
11. Leo Carrillo Ranch
Pool and Cabana image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
12. Pool and Cabana
Poolside Bench image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
13. Poolside Bench
BBQ and Grille image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
14. BBQ and Grille
Engraved Concrete image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
15. Engraved Concrete
Wash House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
16. Wash House
Wash House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
17. Wash House
Kelly Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
18. Kelly Marker
Matthew Kelly
and the
Los Kiotas Ranch
1868-1923

In 1868 Matthew Kelly homesteaded 174.5 acres in this valley creating the Los Kiotas Ranch. In 1882 he built a second two story adobe home on this site. Nearly 60 years later, the four original walls of that house were preserved and incorporated into Leo Carrillo's own Hacienda.

In Memory of Lucia Kelly Sippel
1933-2007

A fourth-generation Kelly, Lucia was passionate about history and passing her knowledge on to the next generation. She was a devoted docent who was greatly appreciated for her time, talent, and kindness towards others.
Bya W. Sperry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
19. Bya W. Sperry Marker
In loving memory of
Bya W. Sperry
1910 - 2001
Charter Member De Anza Chapter,
Regent, District XIV Director,
California State Regent and National Vice President General
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
May 13, 2006
Bya W. Sperry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
20. Bya W. Sperry Marker
Windmill image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
21. Windmill
Hacienda (east side) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
22. Hacienda (east side)
Hacienda (north side) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
23. Hacienda (north side)
Hacienda (east side) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
24. Hacienda (east side)
Hacienda (east side) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
25. Hacienda (east side)
Hacienda (southwest side) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
26. Hacienda (southwest side)
Flying "LC" Brand image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
27. Flying "LC" Brand
Hacienda (northeast side) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
28. Hacienda (northeast side)
Hacienda (northwest side) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
29. Hacienda (northwest side)
Door Knocker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
30. Door Knocker
Bedroom image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
31. Bedroom
Ortega Valencia Painting image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
32. Ortega Valencia Painting
"Fawn of the Forest" - Mojave 1890 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
33. "Fawn of the Forest" - Mojave 1890
Ranchos de Los Quiotes image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
34. Ranchos de Los Quiotes
Bedroom image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
35. Bedroom
Romance at the Ranch image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
36. Romance at the Ranch
Leo Carrillo & Deedie enjoy a peaceful moment in their bedroom at the hacienda, c. early 1940's.

Photograph courtesy of Carrillo Ranch Archives
Shower image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
37. Shower
Hacienda image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
38. Hacienda
Hacienda (south side) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
39. Hacienda (south side)
Deedie's House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
40. Deedie's House
Deedie's House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
41. Deedie's House
Cantina, Carriage House, and Feed Shed image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
42. Cantina, Carriage House, and Feed Shed
Carriage House, Tack Shed, Feed Shed, Stables, and Barn image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
43. Carriage House, Tack Shed, Feed Shed, Stables, and Barn
Cattle Chute image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
44. Cattle Chute
Cattle Chute image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
45. Cattle Chute
Flying "LC" Brand image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
46. Flying "LC" Brand
Orange Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
47. Orange Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)
Red Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spectabilis) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
48. Red Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spectabilis)
Red Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spectabilis) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
49. Red Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spectabilis)
Blue Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
50. Blue Peafowl (Pavo cristatus)
Unidentified Plant image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
51. Unidentified Plant
Aloe (Aloe spp.) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
52. Aloe (Aloe spp.)
Unidentified Plant image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
53. Unidentified Plant
Cantina image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
54. Cantina
Cantina image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
55. Cantina
Carriage House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
56. Carriage House
Carriage House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
57. Carriage House
Carriage House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
58. Carriage House
Carriage House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
59. Carriage House
Feed Storage image. Click for full size.
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60. Feed Storage
Feed Storage image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
61. Feed Storage
Pigeon Roost image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
62. Pigeon Roost
Pigeon Roost image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
63. Pigeon Roost
Stables image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
64. Stables
Stables image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
65. Stables
"The Sun Goddess" image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
66. "The Sun Goddess"
Stables image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
67. Stables
"Peligro de Incendio" image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
68. "Peligro de Incendio"
Three-tiered Bunk Bed image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
69. Three-tiered Bunk Bed
Office image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
70. Office
Stables image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
71. Stables
Home for Conquistador, An Office for Leo image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
72. Home for Conquistador, An Office for Leo
Built into the sloping hillside is a large, three-tier barn and stable complex. The lower level included a bullpen, corral, windmill, watering trough, and wash station. Adjacent to the lower porch, there are six stables. The stable was the central point of the working rancho. At the peak of operation, Leo had more than 600 head of cattle, including his prized Hereford, Diamond Domino, a grift from Foster Farms.

It is believed that Leo's beloved horse, Conquistador, was kept in the largest end stall. There was in illuminated cross hung from a vertical support beam above this stall, perhaps to honor Conquistador's memory. The second level included a work and storage area. An office and bunkroom are located on the third level of the complex. Some of Leo's most honored guests were invited to spend the night in the bunkroom, on a three-tiered bunk bed!

"The tall cross on the hill at my rancho marks the resting place of my greatly-beloved Palomono horse, Conquistador. I do not consider it strange that I thus hallow the grave of a horse Further, I loved this horse greatly. He typified, for me, all the magic yesteryears of California when caballeros rode like centaurs amid these same rounded hills and the neighing of their stallions drowned the voice of the wind itself."

It is still a mystery. Where is Conquistador buried? For many years, people believed that Conquistador was burned on the crest of a nearby hill, in a grave marked by a large wooden cross and a low-lying adobe wall. Plans for development, and the expansion of Melrose Drive threatened the gravesite. Archaeologists, paleontologists, and geologists were called to the site in an attempt to thoroughly document the site prior to construction. After three hours of trenching with a backhoe, researchers were unable to discover the exact location of Conquistador's grave. The marker was removed and is being temporarily stored until a suitable display location at the ranch can be determined.
Lamp image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 9, 2010
73. Lamp
 
 
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