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

Ranchos to Ranches

 
 
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April 3, 2016
1. Ranchos to Ranches Marker
Inscription.  
El Sobrante gets its name from Rancho El Sobrante, "surplus" land situated between existing ranchos that in 1841 was granted by the government of Mexico to brothers Juan Jose and Victor Castro. Curiously, El Sobrante's downtown is actually within Rancho San Pablo, an earlier Castro family grant. The Rancho El Sobrante boundary lies 1/4 mile east of and parallel to Appin Way. By the late 1800s, the Castros had lost or sold most of their land. Victor Castro's son, Patricio, continued ranching for most of his life on 100-acres along Castro Ranch Road.

 
Erected 2014 by El Sobrante Historical Society.
 
Location. 37° 57.882′ N, 122° 18.964′ W. Marker is in El Sobrante, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on San Pablo Dam Road near Hillcrest Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3737 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante CA 94803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Supermarket/Foster's Freeze (within shouting distance of this marker); Park Theatre (about
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 26, 2016
2. Ranchos to Ranches Marker
300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Arrival of the Strip Mall (about 500 feet away); California & Nevada Railroad (about 500 feet away); El Sobrante's First Bank (about 600 feet away); Cowboy Country (approx. 0.2 miles away); El Sobrante's First Full-service Post Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); El Sobrante Chevrolet Service (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Sobrante.
 
Also see . . .  Rancho El Sobrante -- Wikipedia. With the cession of California to the United States following the Mexican-American War, the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo provided that the land grants would be honored. As required by the Land Act of 1851, a claim for Rancho El Sobrante was filed with the Public Land Commission by Juan Josť Castro and Victor Castro in 1852. The sobrante grant presented a complicated case of land ownership when it came into the U.S. courts. The area was entirely surrounded by other grants and its boundaries determined by the boundaries of the surrounding grants. After legal conflicts lasting more than three
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3. Rancho El Sobrante Map
decades, a grant of over 20,000 acres (81 km2) was patented to Juan Josť Castro and Victor Castro in 1883.
(Submitted on April 28, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 19, 2019.   2, 3. submitted on April 28, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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