We of Ranch Hills are fortunate to live and work within a community rich in history and culture. From the early Shoshonis and “Gabrielenos” to the Spanish Ranchos, Phillips Ranch was alive with activity. After serving as ranch administrator for two years, Louis Phillips purchased the 12,000 acre Rancho San Jose de Abajo from Isaac Schlesinger and Hyman Tichler who, in 1864, secured the land deed from Don Ricardo Vejar. Phillips Ranch prospered, particularly with a rail line connected through to Spadra.
It was common, during this period of western expansion and gold rush fever, to see Guidebooks written for the homesteaders and gold-rush seeking forty-niners. Guidebooks offered answers for surviving in the Old West. I hope this Guidebook helps you sit “tall in the saddle.”