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Johnson-Taylor Adobe Ranch House

 
 
Johnson-Taylor Adobe Ranch House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 14, 2014
1. Johnson-Taylor Adobe Ranch House Marker
Inscription. Established in 1862 by George Alonzo Johnson. The residence and later additions were used as a hotel, bunkhouse, and quarters for a working cattle ranch into the 1960's. Acquired by the County of San Diego in 1974, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the adobe is being restored as a focal point for the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.
 
Erected 1984 by San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Squibob Chapter, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 32° 56.311′ N, 117° 7.77′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker can be reached from Black Mountain Road near Mercy Road. Touch for map. The marker and ranch house are located inside Rancho Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12020 Black Mountain Road, San Diego CA 92129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Community Church of Poway (approx. 5.4 miles away); a different marker also named Community Church of Poway (approx. 5.4 miles away); Flint Farm
Johnson-Taylor Adobe Ranch House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 14, 2014
2. Johnson-Taylor Adobe Ranch House Marker
View of marker in front of the ranch house
(approx. 5.6 miles away); Templars Hall (approx. 5.8 miles away); Nelson House (approx. 5.8 miles away); Porter House (approx. 5.9 miles away); Baldwin Locomotive No. 3 (approx. 5.9 miles away); City of Poway Veterans Park (approx. 5.9 miles away).
 
Regarding Johnson-Taylor Adobe Ranch House. San Diego County's first Mexican land grant includes an 1823 adobe ranch house constructed by the Commandante of the San Diego Presidio. In 1846, Rancho los Penasquitos was the first place of rest for General Stephen Watts Kearny and his Army of the West after the Battle of San Pasqual. Enlarged in 1862 as the gracious home of a celebrated Yankee river boat captain and his wife, the niece of California's last Mexican governor, Pio Pico, the building and site comprise a National Historic and Archaeological District.

The beautiful canyon locale within a 3700-acre open space preserve offers hiking, biking and equestrian trails. A visitor to Rancho de los Penasquitos will discover more than 8,000 years of San Diego history. Its bountiful natural resources made it ideal not only for the millennia of Native American habitation, but for the 19th century settlers. A
Johnson-Taylor Adobe Ranch House image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 14, 2014
3. Johnson-Taylor Adobe Ranch House
portion of the ranch house adobe was built in 1823, making it one of the oldest existing structures in San Diego. Much of the rest was built in the 1860s. The rancho is situated in a canyon that features miles of trails through riparian and grassland habitats.
Source: (1) Founders' Trail Historic Sites website http://earlysandiego.org/FT00sites.html#6ranchopena and (2) a brochure entitled "San Diego County Historical Treasures," published by County of San Diego Parks and Recreation.
 
Also see . . .
1. Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. (Submitted on June 17, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.)
2. Rancho Santa Maria de Los Penasquitos. (Submitted on June 17, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.)
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers
 
Johnson-Taylor Adobe Ranch House image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 14, 2014
4. Johnson-Taylor Adobe Ranch House
Historic Photo of Ranch House, circa 1892 image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 14, 2014
5. Historic Photo of Ranch House, circa 1892
View of Penasquitos Canyon From the Ranch House image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 14, 2014
6. View of Penasquitos Canyon From the Ranch House
George Alonzo Johnson, circa 1865 image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 14, 2014
7. George Alonzo Johnson, circa 1865
Maria Estefana Alvarado de Johnson image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 14, 2014
8. Maria Estefana Alvarado de Johnson
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 17, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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