|Alta CA cavalry 1822|
Juan Jose lived until 1809, but had no children of his own. His land holdings passed on to his nephew, Cristobal Dominguez,
|Cattle brand - Lemon brand|
|Bread mixing bowl for 2 people to mix.|
In 1823, Cristobal became the sole owner of Rancho Dominguez. Upon his death in 1825, he left the Rancho to his wife and children, six of whom were still living. His oldest son, Manuel, took over the land and began to build homes for his family. Up to this point he and his father had not lived on the land. Manuel completed the large home that stands on the land today.
When Mexico won independence from Spain, the land owners were required to
|Spinning wheel and chair|
|Original traveling case from 1800's|
During the Mexican-American war, one of the battles fought near Los Angeles
|Ornate carved furniture|
When the Americans won the war, Manuel began the process of petitioning the United States government to recognize his land grant. The process took eight years from the end of the war, and the Rancho ended up being only a portion of the original, now 25, 000 acres.
One of the great innovative visions of Manuel was the donation of land for the railroad. He already had many cattle, but when the railroad came through his rancho in 1869, he was able to market his cattle much faster. People were able to visit more often since he also requested a station near his house. Parties at the Rancho Dominguez were prized events.
|Chapel in Dominguez home.|
|Music from chapel|
Can you imagine a land holding that covers 75,000 acres? Have you ever visited any of the heritage museums like the Dominguez Rancho? There were so many
Nancy J Farrier is an award winning author who lives in Southern California in the Mojave Desert. She loves the Southwest with its interesting historical past. Nancy and her husband have five children and two grandsons. When Nancy isn’t writing, she loves to read, do needlecraft, play with her cats, and spend time with her family. Nancy is represented by Karen Ball of The Steve Laube Literary Agency. You can read more about Nancy and her books on her website: nancyjfarrier.com.