Los Encinos State Historic Park

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Los Encinos State Historic Park
Garnier Building at Rancho Los Encinos.JPG
Garnier Building, 2008
Map showing the location of Los Encinos State Historic Park
Map showing the location of Los Encinos State Historic Park
Map showing the location of Los Encinos State Historic Park
Map showing the location of Los Encinos State Historic Park
LocationLos Angeles County, California, United States
Nearest cityEncino, Los Angeles
Coordinates34°9′37″N 118°29′57″W / 34.16028°N 118.49917°W / 34.16028; -118.49917Coordinates: 34°9′37″N 118°29′57″W / 34.16028°N 118.49917°W / 34.16028; -118.49917
Area4.7 acres (1.9 ha)
Governing bodyCalifornia Department of Parks and Recreation
Reference no.689[1]

Los Encinos State Historic Park is a state park unit of California, preserving buildings of Rancho Los Encinos. The park is located near the corner of Balboa and Ventura Boulevards in Encino, California, in the San Fernando Valley. The rancho includes the original nine-room de la Ossa Adobe, the two-story limestone Garnier building, a blacksmith shop, a natural spring, and a pond. The 4.7-acre (1.9 ha) site was established as a California state park in 1949.[2]


The natural spring provided a year-round source of water for the ancient village of Siutcanga, home to the Tongva people, for thousands of years. The name syútkanga actually means "place of the oak" in the Fernandeño language, a dialect of the Tongva language, a name later reflected in Spanish as Los Encinos, or "the oaks" in Spanish.[3] A description of this village was recorded as part of the 1769 Portola Expedition. This Spanish expedition reached the San Fernando Valley and named it "El Valle de Santa Catalina de Bononia de Los Encinos" (The Valley of St. Catherine of Bononia of the Oaks).

Located along a significant travel route between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, the property passed through many hands between the 1840s and the early 20th century. Today the park contains exhibits related to the agricultural enterprises of Rancho Los Encinos' various owners, including Mission Indian, Mexican Californio, French, and French Basque families.

Proposed for closure[edit]

Los Encinos State Historic Park was one of 70 California state parks proposed for closure by July 2012 as part of a deficit reduction program.[4] It was previously one of many state parks threatened with closure in 2008. Those closures were ultimately avoided by cutting hours and maintenance system-wide.[5]

California Historical Landmark Marker[edit]

California Historical Landmark Marker NO. 689 at the site reads:[6]

  • NO. 689 LOS ENCINOS STATE HISTORIC PARK - The Franciscan padres used Encino as their headquarters while exploring the valley before establishing Mission San Fernando in 1797. In 1849 Vincente de la Osa built an adobe with nine rooms. The next owner of El Encino Rancho was Eugene Garnier, who built the existing two-story limestone house in 1872. In December 1891 Domingo Amestoy acquired the property.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Los Encinos State Historic Park". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-07.
  2. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks: 16. Retrieved 2013-12-08. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Johnson, John R. "Ethnohistoric Overview for the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park Cultural Resources Inventory Project" (PDF). Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  4. ^ "State Parks Announces Closures" (PDF) (Press release). California State Parks. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  5. ^ McGreevy, Patrick; Louis Sahagun (2009-09-26). "State parks to stay open, but with cuts in hours, staffing". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, Calif. Retrieved 2011-12-30.
  6. ^ californiahistoricallandmarks.com 689, Los Encinos State Historic Park

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