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Near Pescadero in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Steele Brothers’ Dairy Ranches

 
 
Steele Brothers Dairy Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 17, 2016
1. Steele Brothers Dairy Ranch Marker
Inscription. Beginning in the 1850's the Steele Brothers pioneered one of the first large-scale commercial cheese and dairy businesses in California. They extended their operations from Point Reyes to Rancho Punta de Año Nuevo in 1862. This 7000 acre ranch consisted of five dairies extending from Gazos Creek to Point Año Nuevo. For a century the Steele Brothers' dairy ranches were of major importance in California's agricultural development.
 
Erected 1982 by California State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Año Nuevo Interpretive Association. (Marker Number 906.)
 
Location. 37° 7.136′ N, 122° 18.41′ W. Marker is near Pescadero, California, in San Mateo County. Marker can be reached from Año Nuevo State Park Road near Cabrillo Highway (State 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. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Steele Ranch (a few steps from this marker); Año Nuevo Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Dickerman-Steele House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Don Gaspar de Portolá
Steele Brothers Dairy Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 17, 2016
2. Steele Brothers Dairy Ranch Marker
(approx. 2.2 miles away); Swanton (approx. 5.6 miles away); Big Creek Light and Power Company (approx. 5.7 miles away); Swanton Pacific Ranch (approx. 5.9 miles away); Washout 1997 to 2001 (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pescadero.
 
More about this marker. This marker is currently found in the enclosed porch of the creamery, now the volunteer headquarters and park office. Evidence on the marker indicates that at one time it was mounted outside. Plans to re-erected the marker are unknown at this time.
 
Also see . . .  The Steele Brothers' Dairies of Pescadero - San Mateo County Genealogy Blog. In the 1850s Clara Steele settled with her family near San Francisco. She missed the delicious cheddar cheese she enjoyed back in Ohio made from a family recipe, so she hired an Indian man to help her wrangle the cattle grazing near her home. With the milk from these cattle she replicated the cheddar cheese she so loved... Clara, her husband Rensselaer and cousins Isaac, Edgar and George begin making and selling high quality cheese and butter and start
The former Creamery image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 17, 2016
3. The former Creamery
one of the first commercial dairies in the United States, known as Steele Brothers. By 1857 the Steele Brothers were so successful they relocated to a 6,000 acre farm in Point Reyes to expand their dairy operation. In 1861 they purchased 15,000 acres in Santa Cruz County.
(Submitted on February 20, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
 
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 166 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 20, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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