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Escondido in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Daley Ranch

 
 
Daley Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, October 25, 2014
1. Daley Ranch Marker
Inscription. Livestock has always been the major land use at Daley Ranch. Besides cattle, for dairying and beef, the Daley's would raise horses. Some were specialty breeds, like the Hamiltonians used for pulling carts in a racing walk. When the automobile became commonplace, this use faded. The dairy was on the property from 1910 to 1925. In the 1920s one irrigation pond was constructed of concrete on the hill top. A series of ponds were built in the 1940s and 1950s to provide irrigation water. These were built by two operators with hovels and tractors with scrapers. Work began at 6 am! The ranch was farmed for various grain crops until the early 1960s, when it was again used for grazing cattle. In hay season, the farm hands solicited help from their friends and hay was put up on Daley Ranch for sixteen years, ending in 1935.
 
Location. 33° 10.881′ N, 117° 3.708′ W. Marker is in Escondido, California, in San Diego County. Touch for map. Historical marker is located inside the park one mile's hike at the ranch house. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3024 La Honda Drive, Escondido CA 92027, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. San Pasqual Battlefield (approx. 7.8 miles away); San Pasqual
Daley Ranch Marker detail image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, October 25, 2014
2. Daley Ranch Marker detail
(approx. 7.8 miles away); An Incident of the Mexican War (approx. 7.8 miles away); Mule Hill (approx. 8.7 miles away); Leo Carrillo Ranch (approx. 11 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 11.3 miles away); Guajome Ranch House (approx. 11.7 miles away); Stagecoach Park (approx. 12.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Escondido.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Daley Ranch. Official site of City of Escondido, California (Submitted on October 26, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.) 

2. Daley Ranch - Showcase for the Jewel of Escondido. Homepage for volunteers at Daley Ranch (Submitted on October 26, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.) 

3. Kumeyaay culture. The hills and valleys of what is now known as Daley Ranch were frequented for centuries by Native Californians of the Kumeyaay, Luiseņo, and other local tribes. Evidence of their passing can be seen in the soot-stained ceilings of boulder caves where these early Californians took refuge from the elements. Metates and morteros,
Old Daley Ranch House Barn image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, October 25, 2014
3. Old Daley Ranch House Barn
The first European settler to arrive in this valley was a young English immigrant named Robert Daley. He settled into this valley in 1869 and built a small log cabin. This cabin now sits at the bottom of one of the ranch's ponds. After a federal survey of the land in 1875, Robert Daley's claim to the land was reaffirmed and he was granted two officials claims of 1,600 acres each. A few years later, he moved to a small tongue and groove pine house, which still stands on a knoll across from the existing Daley ranch house. The Daley family farmed, raised horses, and continued to acquire land. Excerpt from http://www.escondido.org/history-of-daley-ranch.aspx
holes ground into boulder tops, give evidence of food preparation by women who gathered together to grind seeds and acorns. Excerpt from http://www.escondido.org/history-of-daley-ranch.aspx (Submitted on October 26, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Daley Ranch
Daley Ranch is situated high above the City of Escondido, California. The brillant orange sunset over the mountains provided a stunning backdrop for the streetlamps in the valley and twinkling headlights of I-15 far below. Hiking trails range from easy to difficult.
    — Submitted October 26, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.

 
Categories. AgricultureEnvironmentSettlements & Settlers
 
1928 Daley Ranch House image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, October 25, 2014
4. 1928 Daley Ranch House
The 1928 ranch house was built out of single-board heart redwood. Used primarily as a place to get away from it all, as well as for summer entertaining, its one-board thickness made it too cold for year-round living. Even a massive fireplace, whose cobblestones were brought around the cape by clipper ship, was unable to provide enough warmth. Excerpt from http://www.escondido.org/history-of-daley-ranch.aspx -
Daley Ranch Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, October 25, 2014
5. Daley Ranch Entrance
Daley Ranch Environment image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, October 25, 2014
6. Daley Ranch Environment
The plants of Daley Ranch are classic coastal sage scrub and soft chaparral, oak woodlands and riparian habitats. They have evolved with the terrain and climate of a semi-arid ecosystem. Here in the inland valleys of San Diego County, the plants get almost endless sunshine, but not a lot of precipitation (only about 12 inches, on average, per year). Excerpt from http://daleyranch.info/Plants/daley-ranch-plants.html
Caballo Trail to Stanley Peak image. Click for full size.
By San Diego Reader
7. Caballo Trail to Stanley Peak
The Caballo Trail in Daley Ranch leads to 1983-foot Stanley Peak, which offers a view of Escondido, California below.
Historical Utility Building image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, October 25, 2014
8. Historical Utility Building
The sign on the front posted by Friends of Daley Ranch notes "The structures before you were originally important utlity buildings when Daley Ranch was a thriving business. Time has taken a toll, and they are quickly deteriorating. The Friends of Daley Ranch has begun a restoration project to preserve this part of the ranch's history.
Red Utility Building image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, October 25, 2014
9. Red Utility Building
Sign on Red UtilityBuilding image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, October 25, 2014
10. Sign on Red UtilityBuilding
Handwriting on the sign says, "On this site once stood...(photo of building) soon to be replaced with same.
Work Shed image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, October 25, 2014
11. Work Shed
Daley Ranch Map with Trails image. Click for full size.
By Www.escondido.org
12. Daley Ranch Map with Trails
1928 Daley Ranch House - Front View image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, October 25, 2014
13. 1928 Daley Ranch House - Front View
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 314 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on November 26, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on October 26, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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