Rancho Milpitas (Pastor)

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Rancho Milpitas was a 43,281-acre (175.15 km2) Mexican land grant in present-day Monterey County, California given in 1838 by governor Juan Alvarado to Ygnacio Pastor.[1] The grant encompassed present day Jolon.[2]


With secularization, the lands of the Mission San Antonio de Padua were divided into at least ten Mexican land grants (including Rancho Milpitas (Little Fields), Rancho El Piojo (The Louse), Rancho San Miguelito de Trinidad, and Rancho Los Ojitos (Little Springs)). Ygnacio Pastor, a neophyte of the San Antonio Mission, received the grant of Rancho Milpitas from Governor Alvarado 1838.

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 Milpitas was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1853,[3] and the grant was patented to Ygnacio Pastor in 1875.[4]

Faxon Atherton purchased Rancho Milpitas from Ygnacio Pastor immediately upon its title clearance in 1875. By 1880, the James Brown Cattle Company owned and operated Rancho Milpitas and Rancho Los Ojitos. William Randolph Hearst's Piedmont Land and Cattle Company acquired the rancho in 1925.[5] In 1940, in preparation for involvement in World War II, the U.S. War Department purchased the land from Hearst to create a troop training facility known as the Hunter Liggett Military Reservation.[6]

Historic sites of the Rancho[edit]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rancho Milpitas
  3. ^ "Finding Aid to the Documents Pertaining to the Adjudication of Private Land Claims in California, circa 1852–1892".
  4. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844–1886 Archived 2013-03-20 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Monterey County Historical Society, Local History Pages--Overview of Post-Hispanic Monterey County History".
  6. ^ Draft Fort Hunter Ligget Special Resource Study & Environmental Assessment: Chapter 2 Cultural Resources

Coordinates: 36°00′36″N 121°14′35″W / 36.010°N 121.243°W / 36.010; -121.243