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This is the caretaker's house, down at the bottom of the hill, at the Flying LC Ranch. It's a bit of a walk down, but worth the effort. There are some artifacts and Cisco Kid memorabilia inside as well, but it's not always open. This sprawling estate formerly belonged to Leo Carrillo, a prolific actor best known for playing Pancho in the 1950s TV series The Cisco Kid, but it was acquired after his death in 1961 by the city of Carlsbad. Leo was a famous actor of the day, and has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for film and television, and the other for many Broadway appearances in which he featured prior to his Hollywood film career. Leo purchased this property in his retirement years, establishing a 1,750-acre estate in North San Diego County, first as a weekend retreat, but eventually, as the fully working ranch of his childhood dreams. As a man with a long family history in California, he worked tirelessly to preserve the state's cultural and natural resources, and was dubbed 揗r. California for the 18 years he served on the State Beaches and Parks Commission and for serving as the state抯 globetrotting Goodwill Ambassador.

The property formerly belonged to the Matthew Kelly family, who homesteaded it in 1868. Leo reportedly fell in love with it for its natural beauty and seclusion, as it's nestled in the foothills along the coast; the ocean is visible from the hills. The property also had the remnants of old adobe buildings which he had loved since childhood. The original hacienda was built in 1882, and served as the headquarters of the 13,000-acre Rancho Agua Hedionda. Restoration efforts began in 1937, and eventually, the ranch was expanded to form a small compound, encompassing barns, storage buildings, guest houses, and a cantina, in addition to a swimming pool. Many 50s and 60s-era movie stars were hosted at the property, which served as a welcome respite from the noise and crowds of Hollywood and Los Angeles. Many of the additional structures were built with adobe, some salvaged from other buildings, to maintain the historic integrity of the property. The ranch is now a state park, open to the public since 2003. Its sprawling grounds are a popular walking and hiking destination, although it remains something of a gem to locals, as it is not typically crowded, even during summer months. It's connected to the citywide trail system via the 4-mile-long Rancho Carrillo trail. It's also a beautifully landscaped park, featuring wildlife and agave, bougainvillea, Birds of Paradise, and dozens of peafowl. There's a visitor's center where you can get a map and watch a 10-minute video on the history of the property.

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  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 78 N: 1196] (2114)
  • Genre: 风景
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2018-10-27
  • Categories: 日常生活
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2018-11-04 23:43
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