General Mariano Vallejo, Commandante of the Presidio of San Francisco in the Mexican period, was sent north to secularize the mission and found the pueblo and military base at Sonoma. In return for his services he was granted a huge 66,000 acre rancho. His ranch headquarters still stands, on Adobe Road east of Petaluma, preserved as Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park.
Three sides of the original quadrangle still stand, in good condition, and function as a museum of rancho life in the late Mexican period of California history. Many school groups visit here, in fact one can be glimpsed in my photos. There are both outside displays and rooms set up with period furnishings.
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