Point of Timber is a former settlement in Contra Costa County, California. 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Byron, and about 2.5 miles east of Union Cemetery in Brentwood. It was originally named Point of Timber Landing. The landing was built by Josiah Wills, who organized the deepening of Indian Slough, connecting the landing to the Old River. Point of Timber got its name from the mile wide strip of open Oak woodland that ran from just east of the house of John Marsh along the course of Arroyo del Sur to the edge of the marshes bordering Indian Slough and Old River. :416It was located on Indian Slough
The northern end of La Vereda del Monte, a trail through the backcountry of the Diablo Range to the Central Valley was located at Point of Timber. Joaquin Murrieta and other ranchers and mesteñeros used the trail along Arroyo del Sur to drive mustangs, captured legally in rodeos held on Marsh's Rancho Los Meganos, southward from Contra Costa County. From the time the Five Joaquins Gang was formed stolen horses were fed into the droves of mustangs at its various stations as they were driven down the Vereda. 399,413,416,418,420:
The community included a general store and a blacksmith shop. A post office operated at Point of Timber Landing from 1869 to 1882, with a closure from 1871 to 1872.Tule fires burned the landing about 1882, but it was rebuilt by 1884.
Author Jack London anchored his yacht, "The Sea Wolf" at the landing while he collaborated with Captain C. W. Lent on a book, "The Seafaring Life of a Captain." London died before the work was finished. The book was never completed. Lent was a sea captain who had retired to Byron and operated a passenger ship between the landing and Stockton, California.
The community of San Antonio Valley, also called San Antonio or San Antone, is located along the Diablo Range in eastern Santa Clara County, California. The locale is bordered by Alameda County to the north and Stanislaus County to the east. The sparsely populated area is located at the junction of San Antonio Valley Road, Mines Road, and Del Puerto Canyon Road. The area includes the San Antonio Valley Ecological Reserve, a 3,282 acre nature preserve created by a Nature Conservancy purchase of land from local rancher, Keith Hurner, and known for its herd of tule elk.
Mercey Hot Springs is a resort in the Little Panoche Valley of Fresno County, central California, about 60 miles (97 km) west-southwest of Fresno. It is a resort with cabins, tent and RV campsites, and bathing area along South Fork Little Panoche Creek and the Little Panoche Road located at the western edge of Fresno County.
Arroyo Mocho is a 34.7-mile-long (55.8 km) stream which originates in the far northeastern corner of Santa Clara County and flows northwesterly into eastern Alameda County, California. After traversing the cities of Livermore and Pleasanton it joins South San Ramon Creek to become Arroyo de la Laguna, which in turn flows to Alameda Creek and thence to San Francisco Bay.
Poso de Chane or Poso Chane is a former settlement in Fresno County, California situated around the waterhole of that name, northwest just below the confluence of the Jacalitos Creek with Los Gatos Creek, 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Coalinga and northwest of the Guijarral Hills.
Cantua Creek, formerly in Spanish Arroyo de Cantúa, was named for José de Guadalupe Cantúa, a prominent Californio Ranchero in the 19th-century Mexican era of Alta California.
La Vereda del Monte was a backcountry route through remote regions of the Diablo Range, one of the California Coast Ranges. La Vereda del Monte was the upper part of La Vereda Caballo,, used by mesteñeros from the early 1840s to drive Alta California horses to Sonora for sale.
Murrieta Rocks originally named Las Tinajas,, refers to the waterholes to be found eroded into the Vaqueros Sandstone on top of the outcrop. The location is at a large outcrop of Vaqueros Sandstone, called Murrieta Rocks, about a mile northeast of Brushy Peak just within the southern bounds of the Rancho Cañada de los Vaqueros in California. From the east the outcrop overlooks a spring in an eastern tributary arroyo to the upper Kellogg Creek that flows down from Brushy Peak.
Blackbird Valley, earlier known as "Valle de Mocho", is a valley south of Mount Mocho in the Diablo Range in Santa Clara County, California. It lies at an elevation of 2,552 foot / 778 meters.
Kellogg Creek is a tributary of Indian Slough, in Contra Costa County, California. Indian Slough itself is a tributary of the Old River, an old channel of the San Joaquin River. Kellogg Creek was formerly named Arroyo Santa Ángela de Fulgino by Pedro Font, on April 4, 1776, as the expedition of Juan Bautista de Anza passed through the area. In the 19th century it was known to the Californios as Arroyo del Sur.
Indian Slough is a slough, tributary to the Old River, an old channel of the San Joaquin River. Its mouth is at an elevation of 7 feet / 2 meters, at its confluence with the Old River. Its source is at its confluence with Kellogg Creek at an elevation of 7 feet / 2 meters at the location.
Isabel Valley is a valley in the Diablo Range in Santa Clara County, California. It is also known as Santa Ysabel Valley.
Valle Atravesado,, a small, east-west running valley that crosses the north-south running valley of the upper reach of Mississippi Creek in the Diablo Range, in Santa Clara County, California.
Mustang Peak is a mountain summit along the divide of the Diablo Range in Stanislaus County, California. It rises to an elevation of 2,251 / 686 meters.
Paradise Flat is a flat in the Diablo Range, within Henry W. Coe State Park in Stanislaus County, California. It lies at an elevation of 1,224 / 373 meters along north bank of the South Fork Orestimba Creek, just above the Rooster Comb.
Mustang Flat is a flat in the Diablo Range in Stanislaus County, California. It lies at an elevation of 1,329 feet / 405 meters south of the South Fork Orestimba Creek, north of Mustang Peak.
Valle Hondo, a small flat in the canyon along the course of North Fork Pacheco Creek in Henry W. Coe State Park in Santa Clara County, California. It lies at an elevation of 1,698 feet / 518 meters. Formerly an Native American rancheria, then an overnight camp along La Vereda del Monte, and then for local ranchers, it is now the site of Pacheco Camp in the state park and is located where the Pacheco Creek Trail meets Coit Road, which borders the flat on its south side.
Fifield Ranch is a locale within the Diablo Range in Santa Clara County, California. It lies at an elevation of 1,512 feet / 461 meters, west of the head of Romero Creek and the Santa Clara County line, about a mile north of Hagerman Peak. It is at the source of a tributary canyon and stream to Chimney Gulch, itself a tributary of East Fork Pacheco Creek.
County Line Road is an unimproved road between the San Antonio Valley and Fifield Ranch that closely follows the east-west divide of the Diablo Range and the County boundary of Santa Clara County, and Stanislaus County, California. This road followed the route called La Vereda del Monte, used by Californio mesteñeros and the gang of Joaquin Murrieta and other bandits and horse-thieves, and sites of three of their camps along the route are found along it. Two sites are now state park campgrounds, the last is at ranch dating back to the 1860s.
Bullhead Canyon, is a canyon and tributary stream of the North Fork Pacheco Creek in Santa Clara County, California. Its mouth is on its confluence with North Fork Pacheco Creek at an elevation of 630 feet / 192 meters. Its source and its upper reach is atwithin the boundary of Henry W. Coe State Park. It is overlooked to the north by the County Line Road,, that runs west to east along the divide of the Diablo Range and the boundary of Santa Clara and Stanislaus County, California.
Corral Redondo was a historical locale in San Benito County, California. It was located a little over two miles above the mouth of the Arroyo de Corral on the Arroyo Panoche Grande at the eastern foot of the trail over Panoche Pass to the west. The site of Corral Redondo is a natural, high banked, almost round loop in the channel of Griswold Creek that mesteñeros turned into a corral by enclosing its open ends with drag lines, poles and brush.
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