Near Glen Ellen in Sonoma County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Jack London Had A Dream
Eliza London Shepard, Jack's step-sister and Ranch Superintendent, worked with Charmian for many years after Jack's death maintaining the Beauty Ranch. Remnants of the ranch are preserved in Jack London State Historic Park.
Jack's dream and the remains of his model farm lie before you to explore.
When he arrived here, Jack London (1876-1916) was famous for writing and adventuring, not farming. It was here he developed a love for the land that he was to name "Beauty Ranch." He bought his first parcel in 1905 and expanded his ranch to over 1400 acres by 1913.
Unlike many of his neighbors, London studied the farming practices of the past and cultivated a passionate interest in creating an agricultural masterpiece.
Charmian, London's wife, stated, "He was really far more interested in introducing better farming into Sonoma County and the country at large than he was in leaving behind masterpieces of literature. Jack had ideas on the profession of farming that will do the world more good than all the stories he could ever wright."
"When I bought one hundred and twenty-nine acres near Glen Ellen nine years ago I knew nothing about farming. I bought the place to live and write in.
I am rebuilding worn-out hillside lands that were worked out and destroyed by our wasteful pioneer farmers. I am not using commercial fertilizer. I believe the soil is our one indestructible asset, and by green manures, nitrogen gathering crops, animal manures, rotation of crops, proper tillage and drainage, I'm getting results which the Chinese have demonstrated for forty centuries." -- Jack London.
Erected by California State Department of Parks and Recreation.
Location. 38° 21.348′ N, 122° 32.76′ W. Marker is near Glen Ellen, California, in Sonoma County. Marker can be reached from London Ranch Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen CA 95442, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Horse Power and Manure (within shouting distance of this marker); Jack London experimented (within shouting distance of this marker); Jack and Charmian London Entertained Here (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Old Winery (about 400 feet away); "We live in a beautiful part of the country." (about 400 feet away); Eucalyptus - The Cash Crop that Failed (about 400 feet away); Jack London's Terraces Shaped the Land for Preservation (about 600 feet away); Jack London Historical State Park (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Ellen.
More about this marker. This marker is located on Lake Trail at Beauty Ranch in Jack London State Historic Park.
Also see . . . Beauty Ranch. In 1905, London began purchasing property that became the Beauty Ranch. It had been farmed by homesteaders, and later became the Kohler-Frohling Winery. When Jack bought the land, the soil was worn out. After writing each morning, he turned to ranch management. He read the latest agricultural bulletins, consulted with the scientists at the University of California at Davis, and with Luther Burbank in Santa Rosa. (Submitted on April 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.