Rancho Punta de Pinos

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Rancho Punta de Pinos was a 2,667-acre (10.79 km2) Mexican land grant in present day Monterey County, California given in 1833 by Governor José Figueroa to José María Armenta, and regranted to José Abrego in 1844 by Governor Manuel Micheltorena.[1] The name means "Point of the Pines". The grant extended along the Pacific coast from Point Pinos near Pacific Grove south to Rancho Pescadero.[2][3]


José María Armenta, was born in Mexico in 1761 and was granted the half square league Rancho Punta de Pinos in 1833. In 1844 the land was regranted to José Abrego by Governor Manuel Micheltorena. José Abrego (1803–1878) came to California in 1834 with the Hijar-Padres Colony. In 1836, Abrego married Maria Josefa Estrada(1814–1897), daughter of José Raimundo Estrada (1784–) and half sister of Juan B. Alvarado. José Abrego was administrator of Mission San Antonio in 1833 and 1834, customs officer, member of the Assembly. In 1841 Maria Josefa Abrego bought Rancho San Jose y Sur Chiquito. José Abrego bought Rancho San Francisquito in 1853.

José Abrego sold Rancho Punta de Pinos to Thomas O Larkin and three other associates (Jacob P. Leese, Milton Little, and James H. Gleason) in 1850. By the time of the patent, county sheriff Henry DeGraw had acquired the share of Leese; and Charles Brown had acquired the share of Gleason.[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 Punta de Pinos was filed by Leese, Little, and Gleason with the Public Land Commission in 1852,[5] and the grant was patented to Henry DeGraw and Charles Brown in 1880.[6] A claim filed by L. E. Pogue and Pacificus Ord with the Land Commission in 1853 was rejected.[7]

Historic sites of the Rancho[edit]

  • Point Pinos Light. Point Pinos Light was built in 1855 to guide ships on the Pacific coast.


  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 Punta de Pinos". California Digital Library. University of California Bancroft Library. Retrieved May 18, 2013.  Map from US District Court case 169
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rancho Punta de Pinos
  4. ^ Hoover, Mildred B.; Rensch, Hero; Rensch, Ethel; Abeloe, William N. (1966). Historic Spots in California. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-4482-9. 
  5. ^ United States. District Court (California : Southern District) Land Case 169 SD
  6. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886
  7. ^ United States. District Court (California : Southern District) Land Case 380 SD

Coordinates: 36°36′36″N 121°56′24″W / 36.610°N 121.940°W / 36.610; -121.940