SOBERANES, ARGUELLO, FIGUEROA and PICO FANS


SOBERANES, ARGUELLO, FIGUEROA and PICO FANS

A two-story, board-covered adobe in Southern Monterey Country has filled many roles in its 124 year history.  Known as Los Coches (The Pigs) Rancho and Richardson Adobe , this one-time Stage coach stop is now a wayside park along a busy freeway. Located 21/2 mils south of Soledad on Hiway 101, at its intersection wit the road to Aroyo Seco, it is a curious link to California's Mexican period.  The story of Los Coches Rancho begins in 1841 when Mexican Govenor Juan B ALVARADO granted 8,994 acres to Maria Josefa SOBERANES, the beautiful daughter of a distiguished Monterey family.  Her father, Feliciano, and her Uncle Mariano SOBERANES were the recipients of other extensive land grants from Governors ARGUELLO and FIGUEROA and Pio PICO. Their father Jose Maria SOBERANES was ony 16 when he accompanied Don Gaspar de PORTOLA on his famous trek to San Francisco Bay in 1769.  As Jose rode through the beautiful Salinas Valley he dreamed of someday returning there and living the life of a ranchero. He mustered out of service in 1795 and with his father-in-law, Joaquin CASTRO, received the 8,446 acre Rancho Buena Vista, one of the first large grants in the Mission Soledad area. Young SOBERANES worked hard but died before he could prove title to all the land.  His widow moved to Monterey and a few years later their son, Felicaiano, took over in the valley. By 1841 other grants had given the family 22,000 acres, wich in later years were increased to 115,000.  In 1839 Maria Josefa SOBERANES married William Brunner RICHARDSON, a hard-working tailor who had come from Baltimore, Maryland, seven years before. The adobe was buillt in 1843 with wooden additions being made in 1848. It still stands despite the relatively crude builing techniques of that era.  For six months in 1846-47, Captain John C Fremont camped on the RIchardson ranch property and incurred a bill with the owner for oxen, food and clothing. This $580 debt of the U S Army has never been paid. William Richardson served with Fremonts forces for a time before settling down as a rancher at Los Coches.  The ranch enjoyed its heyday between 1848 and 18868. For the first six years of that period it was a stop on the San Juan-Soledad stage and from 1854 to 1868 it served passengers and employees of the Bixby Overland State running between San Francisco and Los Angeles. William RICHARDSON was postmaster at the stop.  The property was acquired by David JACKS in 1865. His daughter , the late Margaret Jacks donated the adobe and 10 acres to the state in 1958, Mrs Adeline RICHARDSON O'BIREN of Oakland, a grandaughter of William B RICHARDSON, donated a marker and has been a leader in seeking to reopen the adobe as a museum. The Division of Beaches and Parks maintains the wayside stop and historical monument. A plaque has been placed at the adobe by the California State Park Commission with Mrs O'Brien as sponsor.-
The above is a piece I found in the History section of the Santa Clara library-
I have no date for the writing of this article. 
Just hoping someone may be out there who wants to continue this list with the opportunity to share and learn more about the history of California!  Looking forward to other posts!! Carolyn http://www.compuology.com/cagenweb/maripcty.htm

 

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