Wednesday, March 11, 2009

California Historical Landmark #356

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California State Historical Landmark #356

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This landmark is located at 9800 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, California. There are 14 other California State Historical Landmarks in Contra Costa County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 37° 53.881 W 122° 18.079.

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Don Victor Ramon Castro, one of thirteen children of Don Francisco Castro, chose the very edge of his father's 17.938 acre Rancho San Pablo for his adobe hacienda in 1839. It was also known as the El Cerrito adobe because it was built near the north bank of El Cerrito Creek. The adobe extended into a U-shape Spanish style home with two wings and a patio. A frame second story was added in the 1850s with an upper and lower veranda on the front and west side. In places the outer walls were 44 inches thick and partition walls 36 inches thick. The adobe was considered one of the most beautiful in California. The adobe was destroyed by fire in 1956.



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