Víctor Castro (landowner)
Víctor Ramón Castro
|Contra Costa County Supervisor|
|Born||February 2, 1820|
San Francisco, California
|Died||May 5, 1900|
El Cerrito, California
|Residence||Rancho San Pablo|
Don Víctor Ramón Castro (February 2, 1820 – May 5, 1900) was a Californio ranchero, politician, and businessman. He was one of the largest landowners in Contra Costa and served as a Contra Costa County Supervisor. He operated one of the first ferries in the Bay Area.
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 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. He also warred with American immigrants who squatted on his land after the California Gold Rush. Castro was a local leader in times of both peace and conflict.
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 re-interred in the 1950s to the Sunset View cemetery, along with several family members.
Castro Street in Martinez is named after Victor Castro, and is one of five consecutive streets in the downtown Martinez area that are named for the five sons-in-law of Ygnacio Martinez.