Rancho Los Coyotes

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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.[1][2]


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.[3] 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,[4] 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.[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 Los Coyotes was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852,[6] and the grant was patented to Andrés Pico and Francisca Uribe de O'Campo in 1875.[7]

Historic sites of the Rancho[edit]

  • 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.


Coordinates: 33°48′00″N 117°59′24″W / 33.800°N 117.990°W / 33.800; -117.990