Víctor Castro (landowner)

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Víctor Ramón Castro (February 2, 1820–May 5, 1900) was a landowner in an area of Alta California which later became part of Contra Costa County, California.[1] Víctor Castro was the son of Francisco María Castro, a former soldier at the San Francisco Presidio, one-time alcalde of the Pueblo of San José, and grantee of Rancho San Pablo.


Víctor Castro and his brother Juan José Castro were the grantees of Rancho El Sobrante in 1841. Víctor Castro was elected as a juez de campo (field judge) in 1840[1] which gave him authority over roundups and branding of cattle in the area. He was a renowned horseman and helped battle indigenous raiders who attacked other Mexican ranchos.[1] He also warred with American immigrants who squatted on his land after the California Gold Rush.[1] Castro was a local leader in times of both peace and conflict. He remained active as a community leader after the annexation of California and was elected a Contra Costa County supervisor in 1852.[1]

Point Isabel promontory and Point Isabel Regional Shoreline are named after his daughter Isabella.[2][3] Castro Street, Castro Creek, the Castro Rocks, Castro Point, Castro Cove and Castro Ranch Road in Richmond are named after his family.[citation needed]

Castro was initially buried, along with four of his children, in what is now the El Cerrito Plaza shopping center. According to Findagrave, Victor's remains were reinterred in the 1950s to the Sunset View cemetery, along with several family members.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Don Víctor Castro Fights the French, Brentwood Press, by William Mero, retrieved 2007-08-01
  2. ^ El Cerrito Historical Society, Point Isabel, retrieved 2007-07-31
  3. ^ [1] April 21, 1956 Richmond Independent article
  4. ^ [2] Findagrave