2-28-2015, Enger and Felber-Kwan family visited the Pio Pico State Historic Park.
Pío de Jesus Pico IV was one of California’s most remarkable historical figures. He rose from poverty to become influential and wealthy. He was born at the San Gabriel Mission on May 5, 1801. His life spanned a remarkable time that saw the Spanish, Mexican and American flags flying over Alta California. He was twice governor of Alta California under Mexican control. His heritage included Spanish, Italian, Native American and African.
In 1848 Pío Pico bought the 8894 acre property who name it El Ranchito "The Little Ranch" and he built an adobe ranch house near the San Gabriel River in 1853. He lost the house in 1892 and The Pío Pico Adobe fell into disrepair. In 1907, Harriet Russell Strong and others came together to restore the Pío Pico Adobe Ranch House. The house was deeded to the State of California in 1917. Earthquakes damaged the house in 1987 and 1994. Pío Pico State Historic Park re-opened in September 2003 after a three-year major renovation project.
02282015Pio Pico State Historic ParkEl Ranchito De Pío Pico6003 Pioneer BoulevardWhittierLos Angeles CountyCaliforniaUSABill EngerMarla FelberState of CaliforniaCalifornia Department of Parks and RecreationCalifornia State Parks