NO. 1026 SANTA MARGARITA RANCH HOUSE - In July 1769, the Portola Expedition named this area for St. Margaret of Antioch. The Mission San Luis Rey 1827 Inventories list a small building in the area. In 1841, Rancho San Onofre Y Santa Margarita was granted to Andres and Pio Pico, the last governor of Alta California. Land magnate Don Juan Forster owned the rancho from 1864-1882. Richard O’Neill and James Flood purchased 205, 000 acres in 1882. The ranch house stop served the 1882 transcontinental California Southern Railroad. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Marine Corps Base Camp Joseph H. Pendleton. The railroad line continued as a vital military transportation link before devastation by the 1993 flood.
US Marine Corp Camp Pendleton
Open house tours are 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month May through September, or by appointment. Tell the guard at the Entrance to Camp Pendleton that you are there for the tour of the landmark. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~(760) 725-0770; MCBCAMPEN.History.email@example.com.
**In December 2017, #1026 SANTA MARGARITA RANCH HOUSE will be closed will improvements are made to a nearby airstrip.