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Rancho San Pablo was a land grant in present day Contra Costa County, Californiamarker given in 1823 by Governor Luís Antonio Argüello to Francisco María Castro (1775 - 1831), a former soldier at the San Francisco Presidiomarker and one-time alcalde of the Pueblo of San Josémarker. The grant was reconfirmed by Governor José Figueroa in 1834 to the heirs of Francisco Castro, including Víctor Castro. The San Pablo grant covered what is now Richmondmarker, San Pablomarker, and Kensingtonmarker in western Contra Costa County.


The land had previously been grazing land for cattle belonging to the Misión Doloresmarker, but was secularized by the new Mexican republic. Francisco Maria Castro lived there with his wife María Gabriela Berreyesa and family from the late 1820s until his death in 1831. Governor of Mexican Alta Californiamarker, Juan Alvarado, married one of the Castro daughters in 1839. After his term as governor was completed, they retired to her family property on Rancho San Pablo.

A claim was filed with the Public Land Commission by Joaquín Ysidro Castro in 1852 and the grant was patented to Joaquín Ysidro Castro in 1878.


  1. Diseño del Rancho Rancho San Pablo
  2. City of San Pablo - Spanish and Mexican Era (1776-1846)
  3. Conley, Frances, 1980, First Settlers: The Castros of Rancho San Pablo,San Pablo Historical and Museum Society.
  4. Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886
  5. United States. District Court (California : Northern District) Land Case 320 ND
  6. Rancho San Pablo History

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