Rancho Arroyo Seco (Torre)

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Rancho Arroyo Seco was a 16,523-acre (66.87 km2) Mexican land grant in the Salinas Valley, in present day Monterey County, California. It was given in 1840 by Governor Juan B. Alvarado to Joaquín de la Torre.[1]

The grant extended along the west bank of the Salinas River at Arroyo Seco Creek, and encompassed present day Greenfield.[2][3]


José Joaquín de la Torre was a soldier who was alcalde in Monterey, and afterwards secretary to Governor Pablo Vicente de Solá. Torre married Maria Los Angeles Cota (1790–1877) in 1803. Torre was granted the two square league Rancho Bolsa del Potrero y Moro Cojo in 1822 Governor Sola, and the four square league Rancho Arroyo Seco in 1840 by Governor Alvarado.[4] In 1845, Joaquin de la Torre and a detachment of fifty-six armed and mounted volunteers, was sent by Alvarado to capture Los Angeles. The raid upon the unsuspecting pueblo was accomplished quickly and the Pico brothers, along with José Antonio Carrillo, were taken into custody. Joaquín de la Torre commanded José Castro's troops at the Battle of Olompali in 1846.

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 Seco was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852,[5] and the grant was patented to Joaquín de la Torre in 1859.[6]

John S. Clark founded the California Home Extension Association which in 1902, purchased of 4,000 acres (16 km2) of Rancho Arroyo Seco. The colony grew and became known as Clark City, and eventually as Greenfield.

See also[edit]


  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 Seco
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rancho Arroyo Seco
  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 40 SD
  6. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886

Coordinates: 36°19′48″N 121°17′24″W / 36.330°N 121.290°W / 36.330; -121.290