Rancho Camulos Museum: Santa Clarita Concrete donates repair to Rancho Camulos Museum
Whether it was subsidence after many years of drought in the 2010s or residual damage from the Northridge earthquake in 1994, which wreaked havoc on Rancho Camulos, it’s hard to say. Either way, the northwest wall of the rancho’s historic “main adobe” was collapsing.
The Rancho Camulos Museum Board of Directors has retained the services of a Certified Structural Engineer with experience in historic structures. The structural engineer recommended an ABC slot foundation, where a new concrete foundation would be slid under the wall in sections, one-third at a time. It was an expensive proposition.
Hat in hand, the museum board went to Wayne Crawford, president of Santa Clarita Concrete. Without hesitation, Wayne said “yes” to donating the materials and manpower for the job.
Erected over a decade from 1853, the hacienda-style adobe housed Ygnacio and Ysabel del Valle, who at the time owned around 48,000 acres of the Santa Clarita Valley, including the present-day communities of Newhall, Valencia , Saugus and other parties. from Canyon Country. Two decades later, the acreage was sold to Henry Mayo Newhall – but the Del Valles retained the westernmost part, which became present-day Rancho Camulos. In 1884, the rancho was popularized by Helen Hunt Jackson’s novel “Ramona,” which sparked a wave of tourism and migration to sunny southern California.
The Del Valles sold their remaining land in 1924 to a Swiss dairy farmer by the name of August Rübel. His heirs now own the property. Still a working ranch, the 1,800-acre Rancho Camulos, with the non-profit museum buildings in the middle, has been owned by just two families for almost two centuries. Visiting the Rancho Camulos Museum is truly a throwback to another era.
For more information on the Rancho Camulos Museum and to find out how you can join the museum’s active volunteer force, visit RanchoCamulos.org or call (805) 521-1501. The museum is located 10 miles west of Valencia on scenic Route 126.