Rancho Santa Rita (Malo)

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Rancho Santa Rita was a 13,316-acre (53.89 km2) Mexican land grant in present-day northern Santa Barbara County, California given in 1845 by Governor Pio Pico to José Ramón Malo.[1] The grant was located in the Santa Rita Valley east of present-day Lompoc.[2][3]


José Ramón Malo (1812-1859) was granted the three square league Rancho Santa Rita in 1845. In 1850, Malo bought the adjacent Rancho Ex-Mission la Purisima from Jonathan Temple. Malo (along with Fernando Tico and Pablo de la Guerra) was a member of the first Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors in 1854.

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 Santa Rita was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852,[4] and the grant was patented to José Ramón Malo in 1875.[5]

In 1870 Jesse Hill and D.W and A.P Jones, purchased an interest in Rancho Ex-Mission la Purisima and Rancho Santa Rita. Christy & Wise, wool merchants of San Francisco, also owned an interest.[6]

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  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 Santa Rita
  3. ^ Santa Barbara County Rancho Map
  4. ^ United States. District Court (California : Southern District) Land Case 219 SD
  5. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886
  6. ^ Jesse D Mason, 1883, History of Santa Barbara County, California, Thompson & West

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Coordinates: 34°39′36″N 120°22′48″W / 34.660°N 120.380°W / 34.660; -120.380