Rancho Laguna Seca

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Rancho Laguna Seca was a 2,179-acre (8.82 km2) Mexican land grant in present day Monterey County, California given in 1834 by Governor José Figueroa to Catalina M. Munras.[1] "Laguna Seca" means "Dry Lake" in Spanish, referring to the seasonal lake, Laguna Seca. The grant was east of present day Monterey.[2]


The half square league grant was made to Catalina Manzaneli de Munras who was the wife of Esteban Munras (1798–1850) a Monterey trader, amateur painter, and grantee of Rancho San Vicente. Catalina Manzaneli de Munras was also grantee of Rancho San Francisquito.[3][4]

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 Laguna Seca was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852,[5] and the grant was patented to Catalina M. Munras in 1865.[6]


  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 Laguna Seca
  3. ^ Hoover, Mildred B.; Rensch, Hero; Rensch, Ethel; Abeloe, William N. (1966). Historic Spots in California. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-4482-9. 
  4. ^ Luther A. Ingersoll,1893, Memorial and Biographical History of the Coast Counties of Central California, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago.
  5. ^ United States. District Court (California : Southern District) Land Case 16 SD
  6. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886

Coordinates: 36°34′48″N 121°46′48″W / 36.580°N 121.780°W / 36.580; -121.780