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

Pablo Pryor Adobe-Hide House

Pablo Pryor Adobe-Hide House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Adam Margolis, October 26, 2015
1. Pablo Pryor Adobe-Hide House Marker
Click on photo to view the sketches displayed on marker.
Sketches rendered from photos courtesy of San Juan Capistrano Historical Society
Inscription. Situated below this hill, directly below the hotel, is the Pablo Pryor Adobe-Hide House. Built perhaps as early as 1790, it is possibly the oldest standing adobe in California. During the Rancho period, it was used for storing cattle hide from the mission. An Indian lookout and runner was also stationed there so he could alert the town if a pirate (Hippolyte de Bouchard) ship was approaching. The hill is also believed to have been an ancient Juaneño encampment site.

The Mission used cattle hides in many ways and they were a leading item of trade for the mission community. They were used to purchase supplies from the trading ships anchored in the harbor and thus were referred to as "California banknotes." A description in Richard Henry Dana's book Two Years Before the Mast, tells the story of what happened here in 1834: "Down this height we pitted the hides, throwing them as for out into the air as we could...the wind took them and they swayed and eddied about, plunging and rising in the air, like a kite when it has broken it's string."

In 1846, the property was granted to Emigdio Vejar by Pio Pico, the last Mexican Governor of California. It included 6,607 acres historically known as Boca de la Playa, "Mouth of the Beach," that included Doheny Park, Capistrano Beach and part of San Clemente. In 1860, the land
Pablo Pryor Adobe-Hide House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Adam Margolis, October 26, 2015
2. Pablo Pryor Adobe-Hide House Marker
was sold to Juan Avila who gave the house to his daughter Rosa upon her marriage to Pablo Pryor in 1864. Many generations of historic families have lived here ant it remains the private residence of Pablo Pryor's descendants today.
Location. 33° 28.397′ N, 117° 40.566′ W. Marker is in San Juan Capistrano, California, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Stonehill Drive, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is located near the entrance to the Residence Inn Dana Point San Juan Capistrano. Marker is at or near this postal address: 33711 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano CA 92675, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dana Point (approx. one mile away); Don Hansen, Dana Wharf Sportfishing (approx. 1.3 miles away); Egan House (approx. 2 miles away); O'Neill Museum (approx. 2 miles away); "El Adobe de Capistrano" (approx. 2 miles away); Domingo Yorba Adobe (approx. 2 miles away); "Oliveras Home" (approx. 2 miles away); Montanez Adobe (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Juan Capistrano.
Also see . . .
1. The Hide House Adobe. An article written for the Capistrano Dispatch by Don Tryon tells a short history of the adobe and its residents. (Submitted on March 15, 2016.) 

2. It’s History: Rancho Boca de la Playa Plants Capistrano Beach Roots. An article written for the Dana Point Times by Carlos N. Olvera. (Submitted on March 15, 2016.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. This page has been viewed 180 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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