Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum

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18127 South Alameda Street, Compton, CA, USA - (310) 603-0088

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum Compton Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
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Rancho San Pedro at Dominguez Hills Jun 15, 2013
The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum preserves the home of Manuel and Maria Dominguez, prominent in Southern California in the Mexican and American political eras. Manuel's uncle, Juan Jose Dominguez, a Spanish Colonial leather-jacket soldier was granted 75,000 acres of land in 1784. The grant formed Rancho San Pedro, lying between Los Angeles and what is now the Port of Los Angeles. Manuel Dominguez built a six-room adobe house on the rancho in 1826-1830.

Manuel and his family members were savvy operators in both the political and business realms. He was Mayor of Los Angeles in the Mexican era and a delegate to the California constitutional convention and a member of the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors in the American era. (A skirmish of the Mexican-American War was fought near the adobe in 1846.) Manuel raised cattle and managed to avoid ruin during the drought in the 1860s. He granted rights for building a railway from Los Angels to the harbor across his land in 1869. His daughters inherited portions of the land in 1882. They married into the Carson, Del Amo, and Watson family, all well known names in the South Bay region today. Their fortune was made again in the 1920s with the development of the Dominguez Hill oil field. The family always held onto the land and descendants still own large commercial tracts across Carson, Torrance, Compton, and Whittier.

The house museum is interpreted in the 1880s era. Most of the furniture is original and belonged to the Dominguez family. The adobe was modernized in 1906 and remade in Spanish Colonial Revival style as seen today. A wing was added on the north side, a masonry colonnade added on the west, and a Spanish tile roof installed. But the original six rooms are on the inside and form the core of the house. On docent led tour, one can visit the indoor warming kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, parlor and family chapel.

Outside are gardens and the main kitchen. I found the unique cactus garden to be most interesting. You don't often encounter something like this. It's attractive and perfect for the climate. I enjoy walking around the cactus garden seeing all the different types of cactus. Many more than one would have thought!

Ranching, railroading, aviation, oil, and industrial development all played a role in the history of Rancho San Pedro. It was most interesting to visit here to learn about the influence the Dominguez family had (and continues to have ) on the South Bay area.

There is no charge for admission. Interior photography is permitted.
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Zagnut66 says:
I like the idea of a cactus garden.
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013
X_Drive says:
You did quite a bit of site seeing in my old stomping grounds. Good review!! They've sure done a lot to restore it over the years. :D
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013
bigmac993 says:
Enjoyable Review!
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013
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