Behind the breath taking views of Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego is a deep history and culture that makes the place all the more lovely. This Census-Designated Place in California is definitely oozing with back stories to tell that will surely entertain those who are interested in the place.
The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society has published an extensive article on the place’s history in its official website. There they highlighted how the community came to be, and the different cultures that have occupied the land prior to the current times.
“The beautiful undulating land that Rancho Santa Fe now rests upon originally held local Kumeyaay Indian communities. Although, within the last two centuries it was under the jurisdiction of three successive governments, Spain, Mexico, and the United States of America. During the Spanish colonial period, Rancho San Dieguito was given ‘pueblo’ status by Spain because of the population of its native peoples.”
Read the continuation of the write-up here.
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WikiPedia also came up with a brief history about the community starting from the time that it was named San Dieguito, up until it was bought by a Railroad Company to become a tree plantation.
“In 1841, Rancho San Dieguito, as it was originally named, was a Mexican land grant of 8,824 acres from Governor Pío Pico of Alta California to Juan Maria Osuna, the first alcaldeof the Pueblo of San Diego. In 1906, the Santa Fe Railway, a subsidiary of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, purchased the entire land grant to plant a Blue gum eucalyptus tree plantation for use as railroad ties, but the wood proved too soft to hold railroad spikes. The railroad then formed the Santa Fe Land Improvement Company to develop a planned community of country estates.”
The rest of the entry can be found here.
A more recent history of the community was meantime published in its official community website – the Rancho Santa Fe Association homepage. There they discussed how the “covenant” has helped formed the community to become the lovely neighborhood that it has came to be.
“Rancho Santa Fe has a rich history and was established in 1928 as a country residential community with an emphasis on agriculture and on preserving the rural landscapes. While the area is commonly referred to as the Covenant, the term refers to an agreement among property owners to preserve and maintain the character of the community and its landscape, and to uphold the quality of future architecture. The agreement came to be known simply as the Covenant and now refers not only to the principal governing document, but also to the community itself.”
Check out the rest of the write-up here.
Rancho Santa Fe is indeed very rich when it comes to history.