History for Future Generations

Images of America: Carmel Valley

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Summary

From the Ventana Wilderness, the Carmel River descends 36 miles through steep canyons into the spreading Carmel Valley. Rain-gorged in spring, it rushes to the Pacific Ocean at Carmel Bay. For millennia native tribes fished along the river, named the Rio Carmelo in 1602 by explorer Sebastian de Vizcaino. Ranches, dairies, and farms thrived under Spanish, Mexican and finally American flags.

The Carmel River, like the valley it defines, has accommodated native, farmer, resident, and now the vacationer as it flows along through time. Today, vineyards, tasting rooms, boutiques and resorts decorate the rural landscape, beckoning visitors and locals alike.

This pictorial history, written by Carmel Valley Historical Society founding member Elizabeth Barratt, is published by the nationally acclaimed Arcadia Publishing Company as part of its Images of America series.

This 128-page book (6.5 x 9.2 format) is available for sale at the History Center.

History for Future Generations

A History of Ranching in Carmel Valley

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Summary

The mid-20th Century saw many working cattle ranches in Carmel Valley. These ranches evolved out of the open range Mexican Land Grants of 19th Century California. Cattle were rounded up by horse and rider, a method predating California statehood and still in use today. The heyday of California’s open-range cattle business was relatively brief in the few decades after the Civil War, but it shaped much of today’s ranching and ranch cultures.

This book is an extensive history about the cattle, the cowhands, and the ranchers and ranches of Carmel Valley and contains over two dozen rare ranch histories.

Slowly succumbing to the ever-tightening grip of the past, this history is dedicated to those many ranch families and cowhands, past and present, for whom ranching is a way of life.

This 105-page book (8.5x11 format) contains over 200 rare photographs and is available for sale at the History Center.

History for Future Generations

Brands & Branding in Carmel Valley

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Summary

This detailed look into the brands and branding of Carmel Valley was assembled by Historical Society volunteer Jeff Ohlson in the 2015-2016 time period. Originally a powerpoint presentation given by Steve and Mollie Dorrance of Dorrance Ranches, Salinas, CA, this document covers all aspects of branding. Covered are skills required in the branding corral, pro’s & Con’s of hot vs. cold branding, brand designs, how to read a brand, branding in the 1970s vs today, inoculations, ear marking, and other details of the branding corral.

This 26-page book (10x7.5 format) is available for sale at the History Center.

History for Future Generations

A History of Carmel Valley’s Robles del Rio Subdivision

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Summary

From its beginnings in the late 1920s, this history tells the story of the Robles del Rio Subdivision through to the present. It covers the layout, the original sales office, the Robles del Rio Water Co., the famous Robles del Rio Lodge and Ridge Restaurant, the Lodge fire, and Rosie’s Cracker Barrel. Its story is told using many rare photos, adding a dramatic visual aspect to its history.

This 43-page book (6x9 format) is available for sale at the History Center.

History for Future Generations

A History of Carmel Valley’s Berta Ranch

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Summary

John and Attilio Berta emigrated from the Maggia River Valley in Ticino, an Italian canton in Switzerland which had a rugged terrain similar to Carmel Valley. This Ticino canton also had many vineyards and dairy farms so it is no wonder why these early settlers were attracted to Carmel Valley. During this time period many Swiss families immigrated to America or Australia due to food shortages and economic hardships in Europe. The Berta Ranch was established in 1887 and the family operated it for the next 112 years until it was sold in 1999.

This 31-page book (8.5x11 format) is available for sale at the History Center.

History for Future Generations

The Piazzoni Ranches

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Summary

John and Attilio Berta emigrated from the Maggia River Valley in Ticino, an Italian canton in Switzerland which had a rugged terrain similar to Carmel Valley. This Ticino canton also had many vineyards and dairy farms so it is no wonder why these early settlers were attracted to Carmel Valley. During this time period many Swiss families immigrated to America or Australia due to food shortages and economic hardships in Europe. The Berta Ranch was established in 1887 and the family operated it for the next 112 years until it was sold in 1999.

This 32-page book (8.5x11 format) is available for sale at the History Center.

History for Future Generations

A History of the Bucket Tavern

Summary

Originally part of K. D. Mathiot’s Rancho Carmelo Dude Ranch established in 1928, The BUCKET tavern provided local residents with food and spirits in an old west atmosphere from the 1930s through the 1960’s. Locals referred to the tavern as the “Bucket of Blood” due to the many fights that were said to have occurred there. It was one of the last real cowboy taverns in Carmel Valley.

This 18-page book (8.5x11 format), which contains many rare photographs of the inside of the tavern showing its patrons in varying stages of revelry, is available for sale at the History Center.

History for Future Generations

CV Fire Protection District

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Summary

The Tularcitos Fire Protection District was formed as an all-volunteer Fire Department in December 1946 by resolution of Monterey County. One of the oldest organizations in Carmel Valley, the TFPD was formed by post-World War II residents who were instrumental in the early development of Carmel Valley. Many were WWII veterans.

This 60-page book (8.5x11 format) is available for sale at the History Center.

History for Future Generations

James Ziegler Collection

Summary

The James Ziegler Estate donated his photographic collection to a grateful Carmel Valley Historical Society. Mr. Ziegler’s collection includes hundreds of black & white large-format negatives and prints from the mid-20th century Carmel Valley which capture dramatic ranch vistas as well as cowboys rounding up, roping, and branding cattle on its working ranches.

History for Future Generations

Carmel Valley Vintage Airfield

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Summary

Monterey entrepreneur and real estate developer Byington “By” Ford settled in Carmel after his service in World War I. With his brother Tirey, Ford later purchased 700 acres above what is now the Carmel Valley Village area. At that time only about 24 year-round residents lived in the Robles del Rio area near today’s Carmel Valley Village. Early access to and from U.S. Highway 1 was over dirt roads.

This 33-page book (8.5x11 format) is available for sale at the History Center.
2018 Christmas Party Enjoyed by Many Revelers!

2018 Christmas Party Enjoyed by Many Revelers!

  This year’s annual Christmas Party was another success. The Christmas Tree was trimmed by members Cherie Ohlson and Josh Scheid and several members pitched in with wine and finger food. We all look forward to this annual event to reacquaint with old friends in the...

The Carmel Valley History Center ROCKS!

The Carmel Valley History Center ROCKS!

Don’t miss our newest exhibit, coming soon: THE GEOLOGY OF CARMEL VALLEY. Plan to join us on Saturday, September 22nd from 4:00 – 6:00pm and enjoy light bites & a beverage while you learn about this fascinating subject. This exhibit explores, in an interesting and understandable…

Historical Society Annual Meeting

Historical Society Annual Meeting

Please join us on Saturday, April 21st, for the Historical Society’s Annual Meeting & New Exhibit, “Rusticating in Carmel Valley: 1870s–1940s,” a story of the resorts, ranches and camps of the time period and the activities (wild & otherwise) that enticed people “to take in the rural environment.”

Tularcitos 3rd Graders Visit the History Center

Tularcitos 3rd Graders Visit the History Center

Tularcitos 3rd Graders visit the History Center The Carmel River Watershed Conservancy sponsored this visit by the Tularcitos School 3rd graders and some parents on March 9th. Afterwards they were treated with a tour of the old San Clemente dam site. What's New in the...

2017 PARTY IN THE VILLAGE! a Huge Success

2017 PARTY IN THE VILLAGE! a Huge Success

This year's Party in the Village was enjoyed by all.  A dinner by Jerome's Market and no-host bar by the Kiwanis was followed by dancing to music by Mike Beck & the Bohemian Saints.  A silent auction complemented the event with enthusiastic bidders hoping to take home...

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