Pinos Grandes, Santa Cruz Island

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Pinos Grandes, Santa Cruz Island [Sp., large pines] is named for the stand of Santa Cruz Island and Bishop pine trees between Pelican Bay and Platt's Harbor. Today this grove, along with los Pinos Chicos to the east, is generically referred to as the Pelican Pines.

In the News~

May 14, 1917 [SCICo]: “At this writing there have been sheared 8005 sheep with the Pinos Grandes, Diablo, Cueva Valdez and Christy sheep yet to be done.”

April 15, 1918 [SCICo]: “We are planning to run the Potrero Sur Colorados and Coches Prietos and then move to Scorpion, leaving the Pinos Grandes, Cueva Valdez Diablo and Laguna until after the shearing at Christy as the hay in the European will be out by that time.”

May 13, 1918 [SCICo]: “ …The fire was stopped along the ridge immediately south of the dining room at Pelican Bay. If it had crossed this it would have burned through the Pinos Grandes.”

August 17, 1918 [SCICo]: “Six hundred and forty odd sheep have been sheared from the Potrero Norte during the past few days. The vaqueros will run Pinos Grandes and Diablo.”

May 24, 1919 [SCICo]: “…We are making the runs of Pinos Grandes and Chicos again, thinking it better to do so before going to Scorpion.”

August 1919 [SCICo]: “We moved the majority of the sheep from Potrero Norte to Pinos Grandes and it was from among these sheep that wethers were taken. We also sheared sixty long wool sheep that were in the land.”

March 1, 1920 [SCICo]: “The goat killed in Cañada Las Sauces was a female. There is supposedly a capon still over there and also one near Pinos Grandes.”

June 4, 1920 [SCICo]: “The corrida of Pinos Grandes was run yesterday, June 3, and about five hundred sheep corralled. The men are running it again today.”

June 6, 1920 [SCICo]: “At the Main Ranch we are shearing the sheep from Pinos Grandes which are largely long wooled. The men ran this corrida twice Thursday and Friday… The corridas of Buena Vista and Pinos Grandes brought in: capones I 6; capones II 64; hembras I 138; hembras II 428; toros coludos 277; toros de mueros 14; Total 927 – and 48 lambs were castrated and 248 female lambs were marked… The horses are holding up well under the conditions, but we want to run Pinos Grandes, Pinos Chicos, and Mt. Diablo again…”