Escondido, CA – The Pioneer Room Friends will host a talk by Bruce D. Coons, Executive Director of Save Our Heritage Organisation, on the historic Rancho Guejito on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library. This massive 22,000 acre Rancho has been the subject of inquiry and controversy for years and Mr. Coons has studied and written about the Rancho many times.
Rancho Guejito is based on an original 13,000 acre Mexican land grant from the 1840’s. It has since grown through acquisitions to its current 22,000 acres size. East of Escondido and north of Ramona, it is the last undeveloped Mexican land grant rancho in San Diego County and is famed for its native grasslands, oak covered hillsides, wildlife, and the modest Guejito Creek. Now owned by an eastern corporation, proposals to develop it have continued to stir controversy with local conservationists and preservationists.
Free and open to the public, this program is part of an annual meeting sponsored by Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room Friends, a support group of the library’s local history and genealogy archive that preserves and advances our rich local history. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.