Photo courtesy Carmel Valley Historical Society

Much of what today is known as Rana Creek Ranch can be traced back to the Mexican land grants of the early 1800’s, in the years immediately preceding the United States’ acquisition of California under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The history of the Carmel Valley itself can be traced back even further to the Spanish expeditions which began what is known today as the “Mission Period” of California’s history. Although there is little information about this region recorded for the historian, a review of the written evidence and oral tradition regarding this region provides what appears to be fairly accurate picture of the colorful life of the Carmel Valley and the Rana Creek Ranch in its early years.

Photo Courtesy Carmel Valley Historical Society