Aguaje, Santa Cruz Island
Aguaje, Santa Cruz Island (El Aguaje, Cañada del Aguaje, Aguaje Canyon) [Sp. spring] is located on the south side of the island to the west of Yellow Banks Anchorage. The canyon is flanked by the Aguaje Pastures #1 and #2. Ranch records indicate both sheep and cattle were run in the Aguaje.
September 15, 1917 [SCICo]: “We will also have to get rid of [Charles] Erickson at the Aguaje, otherwise they [the other fishermen] will refuse to pay rent.”
March 6, 1918 [SCICo]: “We also tore down a shack that was north of the one occupied by [Charles] Erickson [at Yellow Banks] and which he used last season. In tearing this down we discovered where the greater part of the corral at Aguaje had gone to.”
1919. “…There followed days of riding. I spent several days at the Scorpion Ranch at the east end of the island. From there I rode to the Aguaje, Smugglers Cove, Potato Harbor, Mielquieres, and what we called the Indian Territory. This was a large area stretching from the Aguaje to the Sur…” [Clifford McElrath On Santa Cruz Island 1967].
June 20, 1919 [SCICo]: “The cattle at the Aguaje are being moved to Cueva Valdez.”
June 26, 1919 [SCICo]: “All of the cattle have been removed from Aguaje and driven to Cueva Valdez.”
September 20, 1920 [SCICo]: Superintendent Clifford McElrath reported to Santa Sheriff Ross: “Two of our men were riding, although somewhat separated in the Cañada del Aguaje. One of them from a hill saw about 20 men making a rodeo of cattle, circling around them and driving them into a bunch. They had already killed one and wounded two when they saw him and opened fire. They then made a quick getaway in their boats.” In 1922 Symmes reported the Aguaje contains “a good perennial stream with two branches which flow throughout its course.”