Rancho Los Nogales

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Rancho Los Nogales was a 1,004-acre (4.06 km2) Mexican land grant in present-day Los Angeles County, California given in 1840 by Governor Juan Alvarado to Jose de la Luz Linares.[1] The name means "Ranch of the Walnut Trees" in Spanish. The triangular-shaped land grant between San Jose Creek and Diamond Bar Creek included parts of present-day Walnut and Diamond Bar.[2][3]


Jose Ynes de la Luz Linares (20 Jan 1800 - 2 Sep 1846) a Mexican soldier in the garrison of the San Diego Presidio from 1825, received the grant in 1840.[4] After Linares died, his widow, Maria de Jesus Bruno Garcia (1800 - ), sold a part of the ranch to Ricardo Vejar in 1847. Vejar acquired the rest of Rancho Nogales over the next 10 years. Vejar also owned Rancho San Jose to the north.[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 Nogales was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852,[6] and the grant was patented to María de Jesús Garcia in 1882.[7]

Vejar lost his rancho to foreclosure in 1864.[8] In 1918, Frederich E. Lewis bought up most of the original Rancho Los Nogales.


  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. ^ Diseño del Rancho Los Nogales
  3. ^ Map of old Spanish and Mexican ranchos in Los Angeles County
  4. ^ Jose Ynes de la Luz LINARES, Male 1800 - Abt 1846
  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 : Southern District) Land Case 88 SD
  7. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886 Archived 2013-03-20 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ James Miller Guinn, 1915,A history of California and an extended history of Los Angeles and environs

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Coordinates: 34°03′00″N 117°48′36″W / 34.050°N 117.810°W / 34.050; -117.810