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

Historic Rancho Boundary Line

 
 
Historic Rancho Boundary Line Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 2, 2022
1. Historic Rancho Boundary Line Marker
Inscription.  You are standing at the point of the blue arrow, which lies on the border between the San Pablo and El Sobrante Ranchos. Both grants were made by the Mexican Government to members of the Castro family in 1834 and 1841, respectively. On your right is the San Pablo Rancho; to your left is the El Sobrante Rancho. The line runs along the ridge separating the valleys through which run Appian Way and May Road. As you can see, much of what we think of as El Sobrante, including the entire downtown, lies within the boundaries of the San Pablo Rancho.
 
Erected 2020 by El Sobrante Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Political Subdivisions. A significant historical year for this entry is 1834.
 
Location. 37° 58.011′ N, 122° 18.192′ W. Marker is in El Sobrante, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on San Pablo Dam Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4400 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante CA 94803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dairy Country (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fry's Food Stores and Fry's Electronics (approx.
Historic Rancho Boundary Line Marker (south side of San Pablo Dam Road marker) - wide view image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 2, 2022
2. Historic Rancho Boundary Line Marker (south side of San Pablo Dam Road marker) - wide view
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0.4 miles away); Oliver's Hardware & Service Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); El Sobrante Chevrolet Service (approx. 0.4 miles away); El Sobrante's First Full-service Post Office (approx. half a mile away); Cowboy Country (approx. 0.6 miles away); El Sobrante's First Bank (approx. 0.6 miles away); Arrival of the Strip Mall (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Sobrante.
 
More about this marker. Identical markers are place on either side of the road opposite each other.
 
Also see . . .  Rancho San Pablo (Contra Costa Historical Society). Short piece on the 19th Century history of the Rancho's boundaries. (Submitted on January 2, 2022.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 2, 2022, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 107 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 2, 2022, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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Aug. 16, 2022