Rancho Huerta de Cuati

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Rancho Huerta de Cuati
Land grant of Mexico
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Government Mexican land grant
Grantee Victoria Reid
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Today part of United States

Rancho Huerta de Cuati was a 127-acre (0.51 km2) Mexican land grant in the San Rafael Hills area of present-day Los Angeles County, California given in 1838 by governor Juan Alvarado to Victoria Reid.[1] The name means "Cuati Garden" in Spanish. The rancho included present-day Alhambra, San Marino, South Pasadena, and Pasadena -- and Lake Wilson (now San Marino's Lacey Park).


Rancho Huerta de Cuati had been Mission San Gabriel Arcángel lands, before mission secularization in 1834. It was one of the few Mexican grants given to a Native American. With the assistance of the influential Eulalia Pérez de Guillén Mariné, Tongvan Victoria Reid received the rancho for her past service to the mission. Her husband, Hugo Reid was not listed on the title because he was not yet a Mexican citizen. He was naturalized in 1839.[2]

United States

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 Huerta de Cuati was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852,[3] and the grant was patented to Victoria Reid in 1859.[4]

Hugo Reid died in 1852, and in 1854 Victoria Reid sold Rancho Huerta de Cuati to Benjamin Davis Wilson, who renamed it "Lake Vineyard Ranch". It consisted of a ranch with a 40-acre (0.16 km2) shallow pond fed by streams of Old Mill El Molino Viejo Canyon and Wilson Canyon (Wilson-Woodbury Creek of Washington Park).

Later, Wilson deeded the main portion of the rancho to his son-in-law, James de Barth Shorb, who named his Rancho after his grandfather's plantation in Maryland, which in turn had received its name from the Republic of San Marino, in Italy.


  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. ^ Vicki L. Ruiz , Virginia Sanchez Korrol, 2005,Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography, and Community, Oxford University Press, USA, ISBN 978-0-19-515398-9
  3. ^ United States. District Court (California : Southern District) Land Case 171 SD
  4. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886 Archived 2013-03-20 at the Wayback Machine

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Coordinates: 34°07′12″N 118°10′12″W / 34.120°N 118.170°W / 34.120; -118.170