Rancho San Pedro (Sánchez)

Coordinates: 37°37′48″N 122°28′12″W / 37.630°N 122.470°W / 37.630; -122.470
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Rancho San Pedro was a 8,926-acre (36.12 km2) Mexican land grant in present-day San Mateo County, California given in 1839 by Governor Juan Alvarado to Francisco Sanchez.[1] The grant encompasses present-day Pacifica.[2]


Rancho plat of 1859

The two square league grant was made to Francisco Sánchez (1805-1862), Commandante of the San Francisco Presidio and eighth alcade of the City of San Francisco after the Mexican secularization act of 1833.[3]

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 San Pedro was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852,[4][5] and the grant was patented to Francisco Sánchez in 1870.[6]

When Sanchez died in 1862, the rancho was still intact, and his widow Theodora Higuera de Sanchez leased it to Francis Sievers. In 1871, the rancho was sold to James Regan (and Richard and Robert Tobin of Hibernia Bank) to pay debts.[7]

Historic sites of the Rancho[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. ^ Diseño del Rancho San Pedro
  3. ^ Hoover, Mildred B.; Rensch, Hero; Rensch, Ethel; Abeloe, William N. (1966). Historic Spots in California. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-4482-9.
  4. ^ United States. District Court (California : Northern District) Land Case 82 ND
  5. ^ Finding Aid to the Documents Pertaining to the Adjudication of Private Land Claims in California, circa 1852-1892
  6. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886 Archived 2009-05-04 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ James Regan v Owen McMahon, July 1871, Reports of cases determined in the Supreme Court of the State of California, Volume 41, Bancroft-Whitney Company
  8. ^ Sanchez Adobe Park, National Park Service.
  9. ^ Sanchez Adobe (No. 391)
  10. ^ "Historic Resource Study for Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Mateo County" (PDF). National Park Service. Department of Interior. Retrieved 4 August 2023.

37°37′48″N 122°28′12″W / 37.630°N 122.470°W / 37.630; -122.470