Historical Marker: Site of Juana Briones de Miranda Home on Rancho La Purisima Concepción
The marker is at the southern end of the Old Adobe Road.
Sketch of Briones by Robert Gebing
Learn more about Juana Briones with this book from the University of Arizona Press linked below.
Backstory and Context
Miranda proved an astute businesswoman, earning the respect of her peers. Her decision to leave her husband was unusual at the time but she was able to secure support, including that of the Bishop of Santa Barbara. She was also able to retain all of her land after California became a state in 1850. The federal government required all landowners to verity their ownership. Though she was illiterate, she was wise enough to keep all of her property records and hired trustworthy people to represent her. In this way she retained her land; other landowners were not so lucky.
Miranda is so highly regarded among the early settlers of the area that today there is a school and a park in Palo Alto named in her memory.
McDonnell, Jeanne Farr. Juana Briones of Nineteenth-Century California. University of Arizona Press, 2008.
"Juana Briones. This is her park." The Historical Marker Database. Accessed June 9, 2017. https://www.hmdb.org/Marker.asp?Marker=94503.
"Site of Juana Briones de Miranda Home on Rancho La Purisima Concepción." National Park Service. Accessed June 9, 2017. https://www.nps.gov/prsf/learn/historyculture/juana-briones.htm.
Photo: Barry Swackhamer, via The Historical Marker DatabaseMcDonnell, Jeanne Farr. Juana Briones of Nineteenth-Century California. Tucson. University of Arizona Press, 2008.