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              Rancho Camulos Museum is located 10   for  maintaining the traditional  rancho
            miles west of Valencia on scenic Highway   lifestyle  long  after it had  disappeared
                                                                                    THE HOME OF RAMONA
            126. When the ranch was granted by Mexi-  elsewhere. Camulos bustled with extended
            co's California governor to Lt. Antonio del   family members and ranch workers, with
                                                                                      Rancho  Camulos  is  also  part  of
            Valle in 1839, it spanned 48,000 acres of the   up to 200  people living on the property
                                                                                    literary folklore  as  the  setting  for
            Santa Clarita Valley including the present   during years of peak agricultural produc-
                                                                                    Helen  Hunt Jackson's  novel  Ramona,
            communities of Newhall, Saugus, Valencia,   tion.  Among  the  frequent  guests  at
                                                                                    first published in 1884 and still in print
            Stevenson Ranch and surrounding areas.   Camulos  during the late  1 9th and  early
                                                                                    today. It is the romantic tale of a young
              Visitors  can  see  the  1853  Del  Valle   20th centuries were a number of promi-
                                                                                    girl  raised  by a Spanish  California
           adobe home, their 1860s chapel and other  nent writers and artists, including Charles
                                                                                    family who falls in love with an Indian
           features on most Sunday afternoons. Along   F.  Lummis, James Walker and  Alexander
                                                                                    ranch hand. Their life together mirrors
           a well traveled road  known as  El  Camino   Harmer, who were inspired time and again
                                                                                    the fate of Indians at the hands of white
           Real  (The King's Highway) lies a place out  by the rancho's idyllic setting.
                                                                                    settlers. With  its tragic love story and
           of time ... Rancho Camulos. It is one of the   Camulos was  a noted stop along the
                                                                                    nostalgic view of history, the dramatic
           best surviving  examples  of an  early Cali-  main  coach  stage  route-part of the
                                                                                    tale captured  the imagination of the
           fornia rancho in its original rural environ-  original  mission trail-from Los  Angeles
                                                                                    American  public and created tremen-
           ment and stands as a vibrant reminder of  to Santa Barbara. Padres traveling between
                                                                                    dous interest in  California's  Hispanic
           the state's Spanish and Mexican heritage.   San  Fernando  and  San  Buenaven-
                                                                                    past. Tourists and  settlers flocked to
           Established  by Ygnacio  Del Valle in  1853,   tura  would visit the ranch  to say  mass
                                                                                    the region in huge numbers from the
           Rancho Camulos was once part of a 48,000   for the Del Valle family and the nearby
                                                                                    late 1880's until the beginning of WWII.
           acre Mexican land grant deeded to Ygna-  residents in the private chapel, which over
                                                                                    Rancho Camulos-once a stop on the
           cio's father Antonio Del Valle in 1839.   the years has become endearingly referred
                                                                                    Southern Pacific rail line-was dubbed
             The  Del Valles  were a prominent Cali-  to as "the lost mission:' Rancho Camulos
                                                                                    "The Home of Ramona" and was a must-
           fornia family  involved  in  state and  local   remained in the Del Valle family until 1924
                                                                                    see attraction for devotees of the novel.
           politics during the Mexican  period  and   when it was sold to August Rubel, whose
                                                                                      For more information visit: http://
           after its transition to statehood. They were   heirs have worked to protect and preserve
           famous for their generous hospitality and   the site.
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