The Landmark Project: CHL# 233

CHL# 233 MISSION NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA SOLEDAD This mission, founded October 9,1791 by Father Fermín Francisco de Lasuén, ministered to the Indians of the Salinas Valley. Governor José Joaquín de Arrillaga died here July 24, 1814 and was buried in the chapel. Prosperous in its early years, Soledad declined after 1825, but Father Vicente […]

The Landmark Project: CHL# 790

CHL# 790 YOSEMITE VALLEY On June 30, 1864, in an act signed by President Abraham Lincoln, the United States granted the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the State of California to ‘be held for public use, resort, and recreation … inalienable for all time.’ This, the first federal authorization to preserve […]

The Landmark Project: CHL# 829

CHL# 829 PACHECO PASS On June 21, 1805, on his first exploratory journey into the San Joaquin Valley, Lieutenant Gabriel Moraga traversed and recorded this pass. Since then it has been trail, toll road, stagecoach road, and freeway-the principal route between the coastal areas to the west and the great valley and mountains to the […]

The Landmark Project: CHL# 548

CHL# 548 CANAL FARM INN This original San Joaquin Valley ranch headquarters of California pioneer and cattle baron Henry Miller (1827-1916) was established in 1873. His farsighted planning and development in the 1870s of a vast gravity irrigation system, and the founding of Los Banos in 1889, provided the basis for this area’s present stability […]

The Landmark Project: CHL# 179

CHL#179 CASTRO HOUSE In the 1840s the Castro House was built to house General José Castro’s administrative office and his secretary. In 1848 Castro sold the house to Patrick Breen, survivor of the ill-fated Donner party of 1846, and the Breen family lived here for many years. Descriptions of each landmark are from the California […]