Rancho San Pedro

 Life on a Rancho

Spanish Period I

Spanish Period II

Mexican Period

Gold Rush

Post Gold Rush

Photo credit: Dominguez Adobe
The adobe of Rancho San Pedro as can be seen today.

Welcome to the history of Rancho San Pedro.

Once ranchos in California numbered in the hundreds, and they covered millions of acres of Golden State. They ran from San Diego to Sacramento and from the Pacific coast inland. The ranchos were important economic units that operated for only a few years, more than a hundred years ago. California once supported great herds of half-wild Mexican cattle. Few ranchos still exist today, however there still is evidence of their boundaries which can still be found in many legal land descriptions.


Rancho Timeline

1784 1st provisional land grant presented to Juan Jose Dominguez for years of dedicated service to Spain

1809 Juan Jose Dominguez died on January 24th

1810-1824 Mexico at war with Spain

1822 Governor Sola formalizes land grant giving Cristobal Dominguez title of Rancho San Pedro

1824 Mexico became an independent nation

1824 Law of Colonization - encouraged settlement of sparely populated area via land grants not larger than 11 square leagues

1828 Law of 1828 - established a procedure to obtain a land grant which included a diseno

1846 Title to Rancho Los Palos Verdes given to Juan and Jose Loreto Sepulveda

1846 Battle of Dominguez Ranch, on Rancho San Pedro east of Dominguez Hill

1848 Gold discovered in California - created a new market for cattle - beef

1848 Mexico signs Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

California become a state on September 9th

1851 United States Land Grant Act

1851 Federal Land Commission enacted

1855 Rancho San Pedro - surveyed and division of ownership established by the Court

1859 Beginning of drought that lasted 2 years

1861 At the end of the year - unprecedented flooding

1882 Manuel Dominguez died on October 11th

1910 1st United States Air Show held at Rancho San Pedro

1921 Oil discovered on Dominguez Hill

1922 Seventeen acre homesite which included Manuel's adobe deeded as a gift to Claretian Missionary Fathers