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Near Big Sur in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Two Women From Two Worlds

 
 
Two Women From Two Worlds Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 5, 2013
1. Two Women From Two Worlds Marker
Inscription.  
Drawn to this wild, remote coast

Traveling the difficult route along the coast in October of 1869, Michael and Babara Pfeiffer were forced to winter in Big Sur and decided to stay. Their daughter, Julia, was just 11 months old at the time. She grew up at their Sycamore Canyon Ranch, helping her father run the ranch until her mid-forties.

In 1915, Julia married fellow homesteader John Burns. They leased a ranch at Burns Creek and ran cattle on Saddle Rock Ranch.

Julia’s niece, Ester Ewoldsen, wrote of their life in a 1985 memoir:

“Julia and John lived and worked together in great contentment. They shared the inside and outside chores and cared for the cattle, she riding pell-mell up and down the hills, he slowly making his way on foot or riding more slowly.”

Helen Hooper Brown was an east coast heiress. Orphaned at 15, she inherited $10,0000,000. In 1911, Helen married Lathrop Brown, a close friend to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The Browns were also drawn to this rugged, remote place. They purchased Saddle Rock Ranch in 1924. The Waterfall House was completed
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in 1940.

Julia and Helen met during the last years of Julia’s life (she died in 1928). These two women from different worlds developed a close friendship.
 
Erected by Julia Pfeifer Burns State Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWomen. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1869.
 
Location. 36° 9.6′ N, 121° 40.403′ W. Marker is near Big Sur, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from Cabrillo Highway (California Route 1), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 53000 Cabrillo Highway, Big Sur CA 93920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. House with a View (here, next to this marker); Condors: Returning to Our Skies (approx. 0.9 miles away); Red Giants: Trees of the Mist (approx. 0.9 miles away); Esselen: We Are Still Here (approx. 0.9 miles away); High Seas: The Ocean Highway (approx. 0.9 miles away); Daring: Dog-hole Ports (approx. 0.9 miles away); Pioneers: Homesteading the Sur (approx. 0.9 miles away); Inspiration: A Wild Coast and Lonely (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Big Sur.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park approximately 11
Two Women From Two Worlds Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 5, 2013
2. Two Women From Two Worlds Marker
miles south of Big Sur and 52 miles north of the Monterey/San Luis Obispo county line. The exit for the park is on the left when heading south. From the parking lot take the McWay Waterfall trail to the end to find this marker.
 
McWay Waterfall at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 5, 2013
3. McWay Waterfall at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 608 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 13, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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