Compton in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Domínguez Ranch House
[The arch way leading to the grounds is flanked by two markers:]
Approved in Washington D.C. on May 28, 1976.
Plaque unveiled September 12, 1976 upon the completion
Erected 1945 by California State Park Commission, Californiana Parlor No. 247, N.D.G.W. in cooperation with Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles. (Marker Number 152.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 33° 52.022′ N, 118° 13.051′ W. Marker is in Compton, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on South Alameda Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Rancho San Pedro Historical Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18127 South Alameda, Compton CA 90220, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First United States Air Meet (approx. 1.1 miles away); Heritage House (approx. 1.8 miles away); PFC James Anderson (approx. 2.1 miles away); Rancho Los Cerritos (approx. 2.3 miles away); Robert A. Cinader (approx. 3.2 miles away); Douglas Park (approx. 4.9 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 5 miles away); Watts Towers (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Compton.
Also see . . .
1. Juan Jose Dominguez (1736 - 1809) - Find A Grave Memorial (Submitted on December 27, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.)
2. William Mervine (1791 - 1868) - Find A Grave Memorial. Grave site located at Forest Hill Cemetery in Utica, New York. (Submitted on December 27, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.)
3. The Battle of Dominguez Rancho. The Battle of Dominguez Rancho was a military engagement of the Mexican-American War. It occurred 7 October 1846. (Submitted on January 1, 2012.)
4. Rancho San Pedro: The Dominguez Ranch Adobe. At one time Rancho San Pedro comprised of 75,000 acres of what is today prime real estate including virtually all South Bay communities and the entire Palos Verdes Peninsula. It was all owned by one man, Juan Jose Dominguez, an uneducated retired soldier. In 1784, the rancho was the first piece of land granted to a private citizen in Southern California. It is astounding to realize that a substantial portion of the original grant still remained in the hands of Dominguez heirs late into the 20th century. To this day, Dominguez descendants own property, which was the former Rancho San Pedro. (Submitted on January 10, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
1. William Mervine,
From California Becomes a State of the Union
"Captain William Mervine served in the U.S. Pacific Squadron during the Mexican-American War and raised the U.S. flag over Monterey in 1846.
Mervine was born in Philadelphia. He was appointed a midshipman in 1809 and was wounded during the War of 1812. His naval career took him to the Mediterranean and the West Indies. He was promoted to captain in 1841.
During the Mexican-American War, Mervine commanded two ships that were part of the Pacific Squadron, the Cyane during 1845–1846 and the Savannah during 1846–1847. On July 7, 1846, he took possession of Monterey, California, and served as its military commander. In October, he commanded a landing party that skirmished with Mexicans near Los Angeles.
Mervine became the commander of the Pacific Squadron after the war. During the Civil War, he commanded the Gulf Blockading Squadron that patrolled the Atlantic from Key West to Galveston. Mervine retired as a rear admiral and died at age 77 in New York."
— Submitted January 1, 2012.
Categories. • Hispanic Americans • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers • War, Mexican-American •
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