Title supplied by cataloger. Antonio Maria Lugo (1775-1860) was born at the San Antonio de Padua Mission near Monterey. A Corporal in the Spanish army, he received his discharge after seventeen years and was granted 29,514 acres of land as a reward for his faithful service to the King of Spain and the military. He named this tract of land Rancho San Antonio, after his birthplace. Lugo maintained a beautiful adobe home in the pueblo, located in the exclusive Plaza and across from the church. In 1816 he was appointed Alcalde (Mayor) of Spanish Colonial Los Angeles, and served until 1819. Don Antonio Maria Lugo, or "El Viejo Lugo" - an endearing title bestowed upon him, gradually added vast properties, and was the owner of much of what is now the city of Los Angeles; it was said he could ride from San Diego to Sonoma, a distance of nearly 700 miles, without once leaving his own land. After Don Antonio's death in 1860, the rancho was divided among his children: Jose´ Mari´a, Jose´ del Carmen, Vicente, Jesus, and Merced. Close-up view of Don Antonio Maria Lugo's adobe, built in 1819, and located at San Pedro near 2nd Street. The residence, fronted by three large palms, is a long, white adobe with a gray shingle roof, and is surrounded by numerous columns and a wood picket fence. Don Antonio's adobe faced the Plaza.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm. Photographic prints