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Near Castro Valley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Rowell Ranch

 
 
Rowell Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 16, 2016
1. Rowell Ranch Marker
Inscription.  Once a hiding and trading place in the 1850's for the notorious bandit Joaquin Murrieta, known in California as "El Famoso," this canyon has produced many rodeos dating back to the rancho days circa 1820.
Harry Rowell, originally from England, held his first rodeo in 1921 and purchased this land in 1925. Quickly he became known as the "Rodeo King of the West." The Rowell Ranch Rodeo Assn. celebrates the 75th annual rodeo in 1995.
In 1978, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District acquired the land from Maggie Rowell which has allowed for continuation of a variety of exciting rodeo.
 
Erected 1995 by E Clampus Vitus, Joaquin Murrieta Chapter #13.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Entertainment. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
Location. 37° 41.83′ N, 121° 58.81′ W. Marker is near Castro Valley, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Dublin Canyon Road near Schaefer Ranch Road, on the right when
Rowell Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 16, 2016
2. Rowell Ranch Marker
traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9711 Dublin Canyon Road, Castro Valley CA 94552, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Heritage Park & Museums (approx. 2.3 miles away); Site of the Dougherty Station Hotel (approx. 2.3 miles away); Norris Family (approx. 2.3 miles away); Rod R. Fallon (approx. 2.3 miles away); Dobbel Family (approx. 2.3 miles away); Amador Valley Hotel (approx. 2.3 miles away); Flanagan Family (approx. 2.3 miles away); Tehan Family (approx. 2.3 miles away).
 
Regarding Rowell Ranch. This marker is located near the ticket booths for the rodeo arena.
 
Also see . . .  The Story of the Rowell Ranch & The Rowell Ranch Rodeo. Harry and Bertha Rowell's legacy began in the late 1910's in Hayward, California. A native from England, Harry Rowell jumped ship from HMS Royal Navy in Canada and landed in California. Working odd jobs as a dairyman and a boxer and tallow driver, Harry & Bertha started the Rowell Ranch located in the Dublin Canyon, in Dublin, California. (Submitted on April 18, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Rowell Ranch Rodeo Arena image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 16, 2016
3. Rowell Ranch Rodeo Arena
Harry Rowell image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
4. Harry Rowell
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 18, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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