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

Rancho Chino Adobe Site

The Rancho Chino Adobe Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Beeman, April 11, 2006
1. The Rancho Chino Adobe Marker
Inscription.  Near this site, Isaac Williams in 1841 built a large adobe home, located on the 22,000-acre Rancho Chino which he acquired from his father-in-law Antonio Lugo. The "Battle of Chino" occurred at the adobe on September 26-27, 1846, during which 24 Americans were captured by a group of about 50 Californios. Located on the Southern Immigrant Trail to California, the adobe later became an inn and stage stop famous for its hospitality.
Erected 1982 by The State Department of Parks in cooperation with the Chino Valley Historical Society, the Billy Holcomb Chapter of E Clampus Vitus and the San Bernadino County Museum. (Marker Number 942.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsSettlements & SettlersWar, Mexican-American. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the E Clampus Vitus series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1873.
Location. 33° 59.388′ N, 117° 43.057′ W. Marker is in Chino, California, in San Bernardino County.
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Marker is on Eucalyptus Avenue near Pipeline Avenue, on the right when traveling west. The marker is located in front of the Chino Valley Fire Department Training Center (formally Chino Fire Station No. 2). From the interchange at SR-71 (Chino Valley Freeway) and SR-142 (Chino Hills Parkway) drive west on SR-142 for 0.3 miles and turn right onto Pipeline Avenue. Drive north on Pipeline Avenue 0.4 miles and the road will curve to the left and become Eucalyptus Avenue. In 0.1 mile you will see the Training Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4040 Eucalyptus Avenue, Chino Hills CA 91709, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of the Battle of Chino (here, next to this marker); Yorba-Slaughter Adobe (approx. 4˝ miles away); Cornerstone to Chino’s First Reservoir (approx. 4.7 miles away); First Home of Pomona College (approx. 5.1 miles away); Casa Alvarado (approx. 6.2 miles away); La Casa Primera Dedication (approx. 6.3 miles away); La Casa Primera (approx. 6.3 miles away); Nine Young Pepper Trees (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chino.
More about this marker. Several participants in the Battle of Chino who played significant roles in early California history were Jose Avila, Ramon Carillo, Louis Robidoux, Diego Sepulveda, Michael White, Isaac Williams,
Fire Station and Two Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Beeman, April 11, 2006
2. Fire Station and Two Markers
Benjamin Williams and the five Lugo brothers. In this battle one Californio was killed and several Americans were wounded. Later the rancho was a stop on the old Butterfield Stage route. Rancho Santa Ana del Chino was one of the best food producing ranches of the Mission San Gabriel.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2006, by Joseph Beeman of Upland, California. This page has been viewed 4,390 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on December 18, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Elk Grove, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2006, by Joseph Beeman of Upland, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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