Archive for December, 2009

The Red House

Friday, December 18th, 2009

On the south side of Center Street, across from the Cambria Historical Museum (and a little to the east), lies the Greenspace Creekside Reserve. This 1.6 acre property was purchased by Greenspace – The Cambria Land Trust in 1999. It was once the focus of the Chinese community in Cambria, whose members were mainly employed harvesting seaweed and abalone for shipment to China or in the local mercury mines. The Chinese community included several buildings on an “L-shaped” piece of property running south from Center Street to Santa Rosa Creek and along the creek to Bridge Street and at least one building on the other side of Bridge Street as well. Until 1926, Bridge Street extended south to Santa Rosa Creek though there was no bridge there across the creek. (more…)

Julian Estrada

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Don Julian Estrada was the first of many individuals to own the property on which the Village of Cambria presently stands. He was born into the wealthy and powerful Estrada family in Monterey in 1813. The Estradas married into such prominent families as  Carrillo, Lugo, Vallejo and Arguello. The Estrada family owned twelve ranchos amounting to 37.5 leagues which is about 166,000 acres or 260 square miles. Between Don Julian, his brothers and brothers-in-law alone, the family controlled eight ranchos amounting to more than 90,000 acres. One of his brothers, Jose Ramon Estrada, owned the Rancho San Simeon and his first cousin, Jose Joaquin Tomas Estrada, owned the Rancho Santa Margarita. (more…)

Rancho Santa Rosa

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Following the normal procedure for obtaining a Mexican Land Grant, Don Julian Estrada submitted a diseño, or sketch map, of his proposed grant to the Mexican governor of California, Juan B. Alvarado. According to this drawing, his rancho would extend from the ocean to the mountains and was bordered on the north by Santa Rosa Creek and on the south by Arroyo Aquage which ran approximately through the present-day town of Harmony and contained three leagues or about 13,290 acres. Based on this diseño, he received the grant on January 18, 1841. (more…)

Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Although he was not one of the “founding fathers” of Cambria, Benjamin Hubes Franklin was an important figure during the 1880s. He was born in Philadelphia on September 1, 1856, and was the eldest in a family of nine children. He was a son of Colonel William H. Franklin, a native of New Jersey. His grandfather was Benjamin Franklin, also a native of New Jersey, and his mother was Morgiana R. (Hubes) Franklin. (more…)