Lakeside in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Commemorating Caņada de Los Coches Rancho,
Smallest Mexican Land Grant in Calif.
Caņada de Los Coches Rancho
Smallest Mexican Grant in Calif.
Granted in 1843 to Apolinaria Lorenzana
-- by --
Governor Manuel Micheltorena
-- Site of Old - Gristmill --
Erected 1948 by Native Sons of the Golden West. (Marker Number 425.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 32° 50.183′ N, 116° 54.017′ W. Marker is in Lakeside, California, in San Diego County. Marker is on East Main Street (Business Interstate 8). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13468 East Main Street, Lakeside CA 92040, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lakeside Auto Speedway (1907) (approx. 2 miles away); Historic El Cajon Hall (approx. 4.5 miles away); Amaziah Lord Knox (approx. 4.6 miles away); KCBQ “Top 40” Personalities (approx. 5.5 miles away); Mission Dam and Flume (approx. 8.2 miles away); Bancroft Ranch House (approx. 8.6 miles away); San Diego State University (approx. 11 miles away); Flint Farm (approx. 11.7 miles away).
More about this marker.
Regarding Mexican Grant. From the San Diego Historical Society: La Caņada de los Coches Rancho," or "The Vale of the Hogs," Ranch.
Only 28.39 acres in area, and the smallest of local land grants made during the Mexican period, this was originally part of the El Cajon Rancho of the San Diego Mission. In 1843 Governor Manuel Micheltorena granted it to Seņorita Apolinaria Lorenzana, who held it for the Mission when all church lands were being distributed to land seekers.
While Jamacha Rancho was split into various undivided interests, making a subdivision of the tract inevitable, ownership of the property had become even more confused and complex as a result of action taken by Doņa Apolinaria Lorenzana. On December 31, 1878, Doņa Apolinaria had conveyed the ranchos of Jamacha, Los Coches, and San Juan de Secua, to Monica Romero de Ruiz of Santa Barbara. However, she no longer held legal title to the three ranchos, having sold San Juan de Secua in the 1830s, and Los Coches and Jamacha, following the American conquest.80 How Lorenzana justified the sale of land she no longer possessed is not known. Considering her pious reputation, it seems unlikely she had fraudulent intentions. Doņa Apolinaria must have believed that she still
Captain Jesse Wilbur Ames, who was baptized in California into the Catholic faith as Jesse Julian Ames, obtained the property in the 1850's. Before he built his Mexican style ranch house on it, the ranch became a stop on the San Antonio-San Diego Mail Route.
Don Juliano Ames, as his neighbors called him, planted a double cactus hedge along the boundaries and raised sheep and cattle. One of the early growers of grain in this part of the country, he erected a flour mill. He constructed a dam to assure his water supply, made the best soap south of Los Angeles, opened a blacksmith shop, made lime for whitewash, and served the area in many well-appreciated ways.
His fine adobe home was destroyed years ago, through the activity of vandals following up stories of great wealth being hidden in it.
Categories. • 20th Century • Hispanic Americans • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers •
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