Rancho Cañada de Verde y Arroyo de la Purisima

Coordinates: 37°24′00″N 122°22′48″W / 37.400°N 122.380°W / 37.400; -122.380
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Rancho Cañada de Verde y Arroyo de la Purísima was a 8,906-acre (36.04 km2) Mexican land grant in present-day San Mateo County, California given in 1838 by Governor Juan B. Alvarado to José María Alviso.[1] The name roughly translates to ranch of the green glen and brook of the Purest (as in Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary).[2] The grant extended along the Pacific coast from Purisima Creek south to Tunitas Creek and encompasses present-day Lobitos and the ghost town Purissima.[3][4]


Detail from the confirmed plat map

José María Alviso, a military officer of San Jose, petitioned for the two square league grant for his brother José Antonio Alviso. José Antonio Alviso (1796–1880), eldest son of Josè Ygnacio Alviso and Margarita Bernal, José Antonio Alviso married Maria Antonia de Jesus Pacheco (1796–1852) in 1816.[5]

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 Cañada de Verde y Arroyo de la Purísima was filed by José Antonio Alviso with the Public Land Commission in 1852.[6][7] An appeal by the US was rejected by the US Supreme Court,[8] and the grant was patented to José Antonio Alviso in 1865.[9]


  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. ^ Gudde, Erwin G. (1998). California place names : the origin and etymology of current geographical names (4th ed., rev. and enl. ed.). Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 304. ISBN 0520213165.
  3. ^ Diseño del Rancho Cañada de Verde y Arroyo de la Purisima
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rancho Cañada de Verde y Arroyo de la Purisima
  5. ^ Hoover, Mildred B.; Rensch, Hero; Rensch, Ethel; Abeloe, William N. (1966). Historic Spots in California. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-4482-9.
  6. ^ United States. District Court (California : Northern District) Land Case 350 ND
  7. ^ Finding Aid to the Documents Pertaining to the Adjudication of Private Land Claims in California, circa 1852-1892
  8. ^ United States v. Alviso, 1859, U.S. Supreme Court, 64 U.S. 23 How. 318 318 (1859)
  9. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886 Archived 2013-03-20 at the Wayback Machine

37°24′00″N 122°22′48″W / 37.400°N 122.380°W / 37.400; -122.380