Near Pescadero in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The historic buildings you see here were once part of a successful coastal dairy empire.
The extended Steele family operated numerous dairies along the coast, beginning in the 1860s. They called their land "cow heaven."
During the Civil War, the Steele brothers auctioned a giant 20-foot round of cheese to benefit the Union war effort. President Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant received slices.
Effie Steele and her husband, Edwin Dickerman, built their farm house and outbuildings here in the 1880s. They constructed the cow barn with timber salvaged from a storm wrecked local wharf.
Erected by Año Nuevo Interpretive Association.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln
Location. 37° 7.129′ N, 122° 18.422′ W. Marker is near Pescadero, California, in San Mateo County. Marker can be reached from Año Nuevo State Park Road near Cabrillo Highway (California Route 1), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pescadero CA 94060, 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. Steele Brothers' Dairy Ranches (a few steps from this marker); Dickerman-Steele House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Don Gaspar de Portolá (approx. 2.2 miles away); Swanton (approx. 5.6 miles away); Big Creek Light and Power Company (approx. 5.7 miles away); Swanton Pacific Ranch (approx. 5.9 miles away); Washout 1997 to 2001 (approx. 5.9 miles away); Pigeon Point Lighthouse (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pescadero.
More about this marker. The marker is located in front (south side) of the Año Nuevo State Park Marine Education Center.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 20, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 20, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.