Ranch House reveals Pendleton's past


Last updated 1/21/2010 at Noon

Many have driven up the pathway leading to the Camp Pendleton Rancho Santa Margarita Ranch House, but few know the history of one of the oldest structures on base. The Ranch House staff is currently conducting regular open house tours, in which docents guide visitors through the historical site every Wednesday.

If walls could talk, the visitors of Camp Pendleton’s Rancho Santa Margarita Ranch House would be hearing the experiences of the old cattle ranchers’ ways of life.

The Rancho Santa Margarita Ranch House, known on base simply as “The Ranch House,” is located at the corner of Vandegrift Boulevard and Basilone Road.

Many of the base’s occupants know of the Ranch House, but few are aware of its extended history and the important role it played in the development of Camp Pendleton.

Before Marines called this land their own, in 1810 the Pio Pico family began their stay on this land t...

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