By Stephen Barile

First explored by Spanish Army troops

From Mission San Juan Baptista,

Led by Jose de Guadalupe Cantua,

Son of a prominent Californio Ranchero

In the 19th-century Mexican era

Of early California history,

Who first explored Arroyo Cantua

Searching for runaway Natives

From their servitude at the Mission.

His sons, Lupe and Domingo had a ranch

On the arroyo. They were ex-officio members

of bandit Joaquin's gang and their ranch

In the mountains, a gathering place

For the herds of


Published on November 1st, 2022




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