#1026:  Santa Margarita Ranch House

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On Vandergrift Blvd near Basilone Rd, Camp Pendleton Marine Base



State Plaque



The site is deep in Camp Pendleton, but it used to have tours twice a month that you could sign up for. I don't know if this still is happening.

Plaque Text:

Santa Margarita Ranch House

In July 1769, the Portola Expedition named this area for St. Margaret of Antioch. The Mission San Luis Rey 1827 Inventories list a small building in the area. In 1841, Rancho San Onofre Y Santa Margarita was granted to Andres and Pio Pico, the last governor of Alta California. Land magnate Don Juan Forster owned the rancho from 1864-1882. Richard O誰eill and James Flood purchased 205, 000 acres in 1882. The ranch house stop served the 1882 transcontinental California Southern Railroad. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Marine Corps Base Camp Joseph H. Pendleton. The railroad line continued as a vital military transportation link before devastation by the 1993 flood.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the United States Marine Corps and the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, Squibob Chapter, April 25, 1998.

ゥ2009 David Schmitt