Visit Pio Pico State Historic Park in Whittier CA

December 12, 2009

Pio Pico State Historic Park in Whittier CA is the site of the homestead occupied by California’s last governor under Mexican rule. During his lifetime from 1801 through 1894, Pio Pico helped to establish the city of Los Angeles from its humble pueblo beginnings.

Pio de Jesus Pico, became governor of Mexican California in 1845 and served until 1846, when the United States forces claimed the territory as their own. In 1850, he bought nearly 9,000 acres of southern California land he named “El Ranchito,” where he raised cattle and then barley, oats, and fruit.
Pico built his residence at El Ranchito in the 1850s, a large adobe ranch house which remains today as the centerpiece of Pio Pico State Historic Park.

When, in 1907, the adobe homestead was in a state of crumbling disrepair, Harriet Russell Strong led the cause to restore it, and the house was subsequently deeded to the State of California in 1917.
When you are in the Whittier area, take in a tour of the historic adobe house at El Ranchito in Pio Pico State Park. It is open weekends from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays by appointment.

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