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Orinda in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Joaquin Moraga Adobe

1841

 
 
Moraga Adobe Marker image. Click for full size.
Contra Costa County Historical Society, 1954
1. Moraga Adobe Marker
Inscription.  
Jose Joaquin Moraga - member of the Juan Bautista de Anza 1776 expedition. Founder and first Commandante of the Presidio of San Francisco - was the grandfather of Don Joaquin Moraga who with his cousin Don Juan Bernal was awarded this grant in 1835 which they called Rancho Laguna de los Palos Colorados. In August 1941 this property was acquired and restoration made by Katharine Brown White Irvine of Oakland. Later ownership was bequeathed to her grandson William Thornton White III.

Contra Costa County Historical Society, 1954.
California State Registration Number 509.

 
Erected 1954 by Contra Costa County Historical Society. (Marker Number 509.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 37° 50.605′ N, 122° 9.233′ W. Marker was in Orinda, California, in Contra
Moraga Adobe Marker image. Click for full size.
Contra Costa County Historical Society, 1954
2. Moraga Adobe Marker
Marker dedication ceremony, May 1954.
Costa County. Marker could be reached from Adobe Lane near Donna Maria Way. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 24 Adobe Ln, Orinda CA 94563, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Willow Spring School II (approx. 1.4 miles away); Old Moraga Townsite (approx. 1.4 miles away); Moraga Barn (approx. 1.4 miles away); Hacienda de las Flores (approx. 1.6 miles away); Buehler House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Joseph Joachin Moraga (approx. 1.7 miles away); Site of Blossom Rock Navigation Trees (approx. 2˝ miles away); 442nd Regimental Combat Team Memorial (approx. 2˝ miles away).
 
More about this marker. Moraga Adobe was designated California Historical Landmark No. 509 in 1954, and an Orinda City Landmark in 1995. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

Construction of new homes near the adobe began in 2020. Moraga Adobe will be restored to its historic configuration, and prepared for public access. The Friends of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe are currently raising funds to purchase the adobe and open it to the public.
 
Also see . . .  The Friends of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe. (Submitted on October 20, 2020.)
 
Moraga Adobe image. Click for full size.
Contra Costa County Historical Society, 1954
3. Moraga Adobe
Moraga Adobe, 1935 image. Click for full size.
Contra Costa County Historical Society, 1935
4. Moraga Adobe, 1935
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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