Alta California



In 1840, Governor of Mexican Alta California, Juan Alvarado, deeded Teodoro Arrellanes and Diego Olivera 43,682 acres of land. Rancho de Guadalupe was named after the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico. On ranchos throughout Alta California, tens of thousands of cattle were raised for their hides and tallow. Tallow is fat used in cooking and for making candles and soap.


What is the lasting heritage from the early Californios and their ranchos? 


 “It could be said, the beef cattle industry today is related to the pre-U.S. large ranchos established under Mexican rule, and many techniques they used are used today.” 

—Butch Arellanes 

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