Interpreting a Changing Cultural Landscape – A California Rancho

Author(s): Donna L Gillette

Year: 2017


The Dana Adobe, site of an 1837 Mexican Land Grant issued to William Goodwin Dana, provides a model example of a managed landscape with a story to tell. This chronicle, situated on the Central California Coast, includes the prehistoric past, rancho period, emergence of statehood, the American Period, and a look to the future in the stewardship and management of the land and resources.  This unique 130 acre site, which is a California State Historic Landmark and on the National Registry, is owned and managed by a private, non-profit 501c3 organization, the Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos. This organization has completed a full restoration of the original Dana residence and is presently completing a Nature Education Facility that includes an expanded children’s and adult public education program, interpretive nature trails, repaired riparian restoration, and a Native American interpretive area, all while maintaining its original viewshed.



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Interpreting a Changing Cultural Landscape – A California Rancho. Donna L Gillette. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435687)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 307