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Los Banos in Merced County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Old Adobe of Rancho San Luis Gonzaga

 
 
The Old Adobe of Rancho San Luis Gonzaga Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
1. The Old Adobe of Rancho San Luis Gonzaga Marker
Photo captions:
Old Adobe and Ranch House in the 1850s (top, left); Paula Fatjo (center); Interior after 1848 (top, right; Paula Fatjo and Dorzah pose near one of the gun ports (center, right). (Other captions not visible.)
Inscription. At a watering hole on the east side of Pacheco Pass, Juan Pacheco built this adobe for his rancho in the early 1840ís. The gun ports in the walls are visible reminders of the dangers from Yokuts Indians, marauding bands of ex-Mission Indians, and bandits emerging from the San Joaquin Valley. This was the frontier of Mexican California.

Paula Fatjo Paula Fatjo (fah-tcho),descendent of the Pachecos and the Malarins and heir to Rancho San Luis Gonzaga, restored the adobe as her home and ranching headquarters in 1948. A San Francisco society belle, she decided to return to the family rancho and live the life of her ranchero ancestors.

In the 1960s the Central Valley Water Project took about half the rancho, including the site of the ranch headquarters and the adobe. Paula built a new ranch headquarters here on the western portion of the rancho. But she wouldn't leave the old family adobe to be melted away by the flooding waters of the San Luis Reservoir. It was the oldest adobe in the San Joaquin Valley. She built new foundations at this location, and lifted the adobe structure onto a truck to be transported to this spot. Up the hill it came, but at the last moment the truck shuttered, and the side walls of the precarious adobe came tumbling down.
 
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Rancho San Luis Gonzaga Marker and Adobe Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
2. Rancho San Luis Gonzaga Marker and Adobe Ruins
The marker is visible at the far left of the photo.
3.609′ N, 121° 13.27′ W. Marker is in Los Banos, California, in Merced County. Marker can be reached from Whiskey Flat Road/Trail. Click for map. The marker is located in Pacheco State Park. Whiskey Flat Road is gated and locked at the picnic grounds and you must walk 1/4 miles to the employee residences where the adobe is located. Marker is in this post office area: Los Banos CA 93635, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1843 - Rancho de San Luis Gonzaga - 1931 (here, next to this marker); Bell Station (approx. 5.2 miles away); Pacheco Pass (approx. 6.9 miles away); First Marine Division – FMF (approx. 8.7 miles away); San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery (approx. 8.7 miles away); United States Submariners Memorial (approx. 8.8 miles away); Cottage Corners (approx. 16.5 miles away).
 
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Rancho San Luis Gonzaga Adobe image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
3. Rancho San Luis Gonzaga Adobe
Rancho San Luis Gonzaga Adobe image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
4. Rancho San Luis Gonzaga Adobe
Rancho San Luis Gonzaga Adobe image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
5. Rancho San Luis Gonzaga Adobe
Note the gun ports to the right of the chimney.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 670 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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