Rancho Los Coyotes
Rancho Los Coyotes was a 48,806-acre (197.51 km2) 1834 Mexican land grant resulting from the partition of the Rancho Los Nietos grant, in present-day southeastern Los Angeles County and northwestern Orange County, California. The rancho lands include the present-day cities of Cerritos, La Mirada, Stanton, and Buena Park.
At the request of Manuel Nieto heirs, governor José Figueroa in 1834, officially declared the 167,000-acre (680 km2) Rancho Los Nietos grant under Mexican rule and ordered its partition into five smaller ranchos: Las Bolsas, Los Alamitos, Los Cerritos, Los Coyotes, and Santa Gertrudes. Juan José Nieto (eldest son of Manuel Nieto) received Los Coyotes. In 1840, Juan Jose Nieto sold Rancho Los Coyotes to Juan Bautista Leandry, an Italian immigrant who settled in California in 1827, and was married to Maria Francisca Uribe, who renamed it "La Buena Esperanza," – The Good Hope – but it was still generally known as Los Coyotes.
Leandry died in 1842, and his widow, Maria Francisca Uribe, married Francisco O'Campo.
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 Los Coyotes was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852, and the grant was patented to Andrés Pico and Francisca Uribe de O'Campo in 1875.
Historic sites of the Rancho
- Bacon House (circa 1884). Originally built by an unknown squatter in a remote area of Rancho Los Coyotes and eventually ended up as a residence for Robert D. Bacon, a turn-of-the-century Buena Park farmer.
- Map of old Spanish and Mexican ranchos in Los Angeles County
- Spanish and Mexican Ranchos of Orange County Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine
- Buena Park Historical Society Archived 2008-09-07 at the Wayback Machine
- The Italian Presence at El Pueblo The Early Settlement Archived 2009-01-10 at the Wayback Machine
- Separate Property of Francisca Uribe wife of Francisco O'Campo
- United States. District Court (California : Southern District) Land Case 372 SD
- Report of the Surveyor General 1844–1886 Archived 2013-03-20 at the Wayback Machine