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

“Old Borges Ranch”

 
 
"Old Borges Ranch" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 15, 2016
1. "Old Borges Ranch" Marker
Inscription. Walnut Creek's Old Borges Ranchhouse, as the cornerstone of a working cattle ranch, was first built by Frank (Francisco) and his wife Mary Borges, their sons and daughters in 1899. Since then, this house has withstood five generations of the hard working, energetic and proud Borges Family, and now has come to life again as the Old Borges Ranchhouse and Visitors Center for the 2,600 acre Walnut Creek Open Space. The integrity of this century-old building has been preserved through thoughtful restoration and the generosity of the Borges Family, City of Walnut Creek, State of California Office of Historic Preservation and the Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation.

The Old Borges Ranch was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, and has since been proud to open its doors to public and schools as an integral part of our western heritage.
 
Erected 1991 by The Borges Family.
 
Location. 37° 53.414′ N, 122° 0.141′ W. Marker is in Walnut Creek, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from Castle Road Road near Comistas Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1035 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek CA 94598, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles
"Old Borges Ranch" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 15, 2016
2. "Old Borges Ranch" Marker
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Farmall Tractor - c. 1925 (within shouting distance of this marker); Broad Spreader of Seed Spreader Wagon (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Alamo School Bell (approx. 2.2 miles away); Botelho Home (approx. 3.1 miles away); Broadway Shopping Center (approx. 3.1 miles away); Liberty Bell Replica (approx. 3.1 miles away); Site of the J.M. Jones House (approx. 3.1 miles away); Southern Pacific Railroad Depot (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walnut Creek.
 
More about this marker. Old Borges Ranch is about a mile up an unnamed road that seems more like a very long driveway. Park where the road is gated and walk up to the ranch buildings.
 
Also see . . .  Old Borges Ranch - Wikipedia. The ranch complex includes a blacksmith shop, numerous outbuildings, farm equipment displays, and a barn. The Borges family home, a five-room redwood structure has been beautifully renovated with period furnishings and artifacts, including a gleaming silver and black Stewart stove built in 1901, housing historical displays of the early 1900s. (Submitted on April 17, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. ArchitectureSettlements & Settlers
 
Old Borges Ranchhouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 15, 2016
3. Old Borges Ranchhouse
This Property has been
placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
Circa 1901
Antique farm equipment image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 15, 2016
4. Antique farm equipment
Old Borges Ranch barn image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 15, 2016
5. Old Borges Ranch barn
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 17, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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