Category Archives: Rancheros

The Earthen Corral

(Photo: Home that belonged to Vic Guerrero, son of Francisco. Later it was used as a small hotel). Francisco Guerrero continued to spend a great deal of time in San Francisco. In 1850 he was murdered as he stood near … Continue reading

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The Earthen Corral

(Photo: In better times, this is what Pablo Vasquez’s barn looked like. Located near the Main Street Bridge in Half Moon Bay, it was demolished in the 1977s). This left the northern 7,766 acres of the Corral de Tierra to … Continue reading

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The Earthen Corral

In the 1840s the Corral de Teirra was divided intow two Mexican land grants. Tiburico Vasquez (sometimes confused with his nephew, a notorious bandit hung in San Jose in 1875) ran two thousand head of cattle and 200 horses on … Continue reading

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The Earthen Corral

Festive rodeos lasting several days were commonplace around Miramar in the 1840s. Accompanied by much merry-making and feasting, the round-ups included scores of “rancherosâ€?, or owners, and their cowboys or “vaqueros.â€? These exciting occasions were highlighted with spirited competition among … Continue reading

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Map Of The Coastside Ranchos..

Hope the image isn’t too tiny–you can always go to the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City and look at the same map of a much larger size…

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Rancheros Sought Safety On The Coastside (1840s) Part V

(Photo: The bandit Tiburcio Vasquez, whose uncle by the same name, owned the Corral de Tierra, stretching from Miramar to Half Moon Bay). The Coastside was so isolated that the bandit Tiburcio Vasquez could visit his uncle on the remote … Continue reading

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Rancheros Sought Safety On The Coastside (1840s) Part IV

(Photo: The Johnston House before it was restored. The historic house is open to the public–check with the HMB Chamber of Commerce for the schedule). Few, if anyone, had managed to maneuver wheeled vehicles of any kind over that mountainous … Continue reading

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