Rancho Arroyo del Rodeo

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Rancho Arroyo del Rodeo was a 1,473-acre (5.96 km2) Mexican land grant in present day Santa Cruz County, California given in 1834 by Governor José Figueroa to Francisco Rodríguez.[1] The grant extended from the Pacific Ocean between Rodeo Creek Gulch on the west and Soquel Creek on the east, encompassing most of the present-day unincorporated communities of Live Oak and Soquel.[2][3]


In 1834, Governor Jose Figueroa granted the one quarter square league (about 1900 acres) Rancho Arroyo del Rodeo to Francisco Rodriguez. Francisco Rodriguez, a widower, married María Concepción Valencia, widow of Antonio Buelna, grantee of Rancho San Francisquito and Rancho San Gregorio. The Rodriguez casa was located on the west bank of Soquel Creek, near the center of today's community of Soquel.

John Daubenbis and John Hames arrived in California in 1843. Together they built a gristmill and a sawmill on Soquel creek.[4] In 1845, Daubenbiss and Hames bought Rancho Arroyo del Rodeo from Rodriguez. With the cession of California to the United States following the Mexican-American War, the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo provided that the land grants would be honored. As required by the Land Act of 1851, a claim for Rancho Arroyo del Rodeo was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1853,[5] and the grant was patented to John Daubenbiss and John Hames in 1882.[6]

Historic sites of the Rancho[edit]

  • Daubenbiss house. Architect Thomas Beck designed an Italianate style home for the Daubenbiss family in 1867-68.


  1. ^ Ogden Hoffman, 1862, Reports of Land Cases Determined in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Numa Hubert, San Francisco
  2. ^ Diseño del Rancho Arroyo del Rodeo
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rancho Arroyo del Rodeo
  4. ^ Edward Martin, 1911, History of Santa Cruz County California, Historic Record Company Los Angeles CA
  5. ^ United States. District Court (California : Southern District) Land Case 307 SD
  6. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886

Coordinates: 36°58′48″N 121°57′36″W / 36.980°N 121.960°W / 36.980; -121.960