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Orinda in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Tres Ranchos Del Sur

Boundary Marker and Monument

 

—Historic Landmark - The City of Orinda —

 
Tres Ranchos Del Sur Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 18, 2012
1. Tres Ranchos Del Sur Marker
Inscription.
Ordinance Number 03-07
October 7, 2003

The junction of three Mexican land grants - Rancho Acalanes, Rancho El Sobrante and Rancho Laguna de los Palos Colorados - is located approximately 500 feet uphill from the end of Hillcrest Drive.

(The superscripts below refer to the numbers on the marker inset map. identifying the individual ranchos.)

1 Rancho El Sobrante, 20,565 acres granted Victor and Juan Jose Castro by Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado, April 23, 1841.

2 Rancho Acalanes, 3,329 acres granted to Candelario Valencia by Governor Jose Figueroa, August 5, 1834. Sold in 1847 to Elam Brown, founder of Lafayette.

3 Rancho Laguna de Los Palos Colorados, 13,300 acres granted to Joaquin Moraga and Juan Bernal by the Monterey Assembly. "Decree of Concession" signed July 31, 1841.
 
Location. 37° 52.787′ N, 122° 9.884′ W. Marker is in Orinda, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on Hillcrest Drive north of Overhill Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 199 Hillcrest Drive, Orinda CA 94563, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Pony Express (approx. one mile
Tres Ranchos Del Sur Marker Inset Map image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 18, 2012
2. Tres Ranchos Del Sur Marker Inset Map
The marker location is in the small circle on the map (roughly 5 O'Clock to the center of the map).

(Click on the picture to enlarge.)
away); Bryant Station Site (approx. one mile away); Lafayette Town Hall (approx. 2.6 miles away); Lafayette House (approx. 2.6 miles away); Dedicated to the Pony Express (approx. 2.7 miles away); Geils Building (approx. 2.7 miles away); Kennedy Tunnel (approx. 3.1 miles away); Joseph Joachin Moraga (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orinda.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Tres Ranchos Del Sur Marker - Wide View Looking North image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 18, 2012
3. Tres Ranchos Del Sur Marker - Wide View Looking North
The marker is behind a gate on a service road leading to a EBMUD water tank. The marker is accessible to pedestrians.
Tres Ranchos Del Sur Marker - Wide View Looking East image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 18, 2012
4. Tres Ranchos Del Sur Marker - Wide View Looking East
Mount Diablo is visible in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 27, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 27, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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