Near Pescadero in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The historic buildings you see here were once part of a successful coastal dairy empire.
The extended Steele family operated numerous dairies along the coast, beginning in the 1860s. They called their land "cow heaven."
During the Civil War, the Steele brothers auctioned a giant 20-foot round of cheese to benefit the Union war effort. President Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant received slices.
Effie Steele and her husband, Edwin Dickerman, built their farm house and outbuildings here in the 1880s. They constructed the cow barn with timber salvaged from a storm wrecked local wharf.
Erected by Año Nuevo Interpretive Association.
Location. 37° 7.129′ N, 122° 18.422′ W. Marker is near Pescadero, California, in San Mateo County. Marker can be reached from Año Nuevo State Park Road near Cabrillo Highway (California Route 1), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pescadero CA 94060, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Steele Brothers' Dairy Ranches (a few steps from this marker); Año Nuevo Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Dickerman-Steele House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Don Gaspar de Portolá (approx. 2.2 miles away); Swanton (approx. 5.6 miles away); Big Creek Light and Power Company (approx. 5.7 miles away); Pigeon Point Lighthouse (approx. 6.4 miles away); Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park (approx. 6.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pescadero.
More about this marker. The marker is located in front (south side) of the Año Nuevo State Park Marine Education Center.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 20, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.