Near Novato in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Camilo Ynitia’s Adobe
Encouraged by his friend, Mariano Vallejo, Ynitia sought and was granted title to 8,800 acres around Olompali village by the Mexican government in 1843. In addition to raising over 600 head of cattle, he cultivated grain fields and a small vineyard. Ynitia became a successful rancher through trade with the Mexicans, the Russians and early American settlers. His land grant was confirmed in 1852 by the United States Government, thus becoming the only Native American in Northern California to have his land grant ratified.
The only skirmish of the Bear Flag Rebellion occurred here on June 14, 1846, between Mexican soldiers and the Bear Flaggers from Sonora. The short lived Battle of Olompali resulted in the death of a Mexican officer.
(Marker Number 210.)
Location. 38° 9.157′ N, 122° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Novato CA 94948, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Burdell Mansion (a few steps from this marker); Galen and Mary Burdell (a few steps from this marker); Rancho Olompali (within shouting distance of this marker); Burdell Frame House (within shouting distance of this marker); Setting for a Colorful Past (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Novato Bank (approx. 3.1 miles away); Novato Bank Building (approx. 3.1 miles away); Scott General Store (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Novato.
Regarding Camilo Ynitia’s Adobe. This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 210
Historical Landmark Description: Oldest House North of San Francisco Bay - This house was built in 1776 by the father of Camillo Ynitia or Unitia, the last chief of the Olompali Indians. The Indians were taught to make adobe bricks by Lieutenant Bodega and his party while they were surveying and charting
Also see . . . California State Parks: Olompali State Historic Park. (Submitted on October 5, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,923 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on December 12, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 5, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.