Smugglers Ranch, Santa Cruz Island

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Smugglers Ranch, Santa Cruz Island
Smugglers Ranch, Santa Cruz Island, 2002


Smugglers Ranch, Santa Cruz Island is on the east end of the island. It was built under the direction of island owner, Justinian Caire as one of several out-ranches. In May of 1889, Geologist William Goodyear reported:

“From San Pedro Point we went to Smugglers Cove, where they were building a new house, as yet unfinished, and where there is a young plantation of fig and olive trees, and a vineyard. The rock with which the corners of the house are faced is the same clay-rock, containing small impressions suggesting fossil leaves, as that which occupies so large an area in the region south and southwest of Chinese Harbor. It is here obtained from a quarry some 200 yards back, i.e. to the west, from the edge of the surf in the cove...” [Goodyear 1890: 159].


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October 2, 2020 [PR.com]: “ Baltimore, MD, October 02, 2020 --(PR.com)-- The National Park Service, in partnership with Preservation Maryland, is pleased to announce the recipients of the Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellowship. The fellowship promotes innovation and professional growth in the field of historic preservation and provides a short-term opportunity for individuals to pursue a unique self-directed project under the guidance of a mentor. Over 80 applications were received from across the country and were reviewed by the committee in Summer 2020. Fellows receive up to a $5,000 grant and recognition for a distinguished achievement while creating original preservation training content, performing research, or enhancing leadership and management skills. Application of Non-Destructive Technology to Document Seismic Damage on Historic Adobe: Sara Stratte completed her Master's of Science in Historic Preservation in 2018 and currently works as the Exhibit Specialist for Restoration at Channel Islands National Park where a 2018 earthquake caused damage to an adobe structure built in 1889. The extent of the damage to this building and other structures like it cannot be fully explored without invasive or destructive techniques. Stratte will use the Smuggler's Ranch, located on Santa Cruz Island, as a case study for non-destructive techniques to diagnose and document unseen deterioration conditions in adobe masonry.”