On the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean in Mendocino County California sits this abandoned farm site. The farmyard has a number of old outbuildings and this is one of my favorites. The old Kent Ranch in Little River California In the mid 1800's the small coastal town was then called Beall's Harbor named for three brothers who were amongst the first to settle the area. In 1857 they sold the property to William Henry Kent who moved to California from Maine to try his luck at gold mining and eventually farming. William and his wife Charlotte are credited with planting the first Eucalyptus trees on the coast the stand continues to this day running along the side of Highway1 just to the north of Little River. The Kents along with their two sons and their families had a prosperous dairy farm. The property stayed in the hands of the Kent family until 1941 when they sold their Little River Ranch to Hollywood movies stars Alan Curtis & IIona Massey who used the home as a retreat. Within three years it was sold to Virgil & Elvira Chiado not long after it was again sold to Sidney & Clora Spring a local Mendocino farming couple. The Springs ran a self sufficient homestead for three decades in 1996 a large portion of the ranch west of Highway 1 was sold to Bob Raymond who eventually sold it to California State Parks. In later years Sid and his former wife Clora sold the rest of the ocean side of the ranch to the California Coastal Conservancy. Today the property east of Highway 1 is being repaired and restored. Most of the historical information contained here was compiled from an article written by Margi Gomez titled "The Old Kent Ranch Little River Farming Tradition, Past and Present"
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