Los Banos in Merced County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Old Adobe of Rancho San Luis Gonzaga
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.
Location. 37° Touch 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. 16½ miles away).
Categories. • Hispanic Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 24, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 810 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 5, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.