From the Guidebook:
Beginning in the 1850s, the
Steele brothers pioneered one of the first large-scale
commercial cheese and dairy businesses in California.
They extended their operations from Point Reyes to Rancho
Punta de Año Nuevo in 1862. This 7,000-acre ranch
consisted of five dairies extending from Gazos Creek to
Point Año Nuevo. For a century the Steele brothers'
dairy ranches were of major importance in California's agricultural
Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Ano Nuevo Interpretive Association October 16, 1982.