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Ygnacio del Valle, 1808-1880.
Left to right: Josefa, Ignacio, Jr., Ysabel, Reginaldo and Ulpiano del Valle, c. 1875.
Portrait, 1885, of 19th-century Indian rights activist Helen Hunt Jackson, author of several books including the 1884 novel, "Ramona," based in part on her impressions of the Del Valle family's Rancho Camulos in the western Santa Clarita Valley. Artist, Alexander Francis "A.F." Harmer, who was active in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and was known for native American subjects and landscapes.
Del Valle boiler for distilling brandy, in use approx. 1867-1900, located on the second floor of the Del Valle winery at Rancho Camulos.
The Del Valle Buggy in its original condition. Undated photograph. Manufactured about 1850 by Miller & Stevens of 368 Broadway in New York City. Purchased by del Valle family. The buggy remained behind in 1924 when Rancho Camulos was sold to August Rubel. Restored in 2008 by museum volunteers Pat and Ralph Rees.
Inner courtyard of the Del Valle family adobe at Rancho Camulos, probably late 1880s or 1890s.
South Veranda of the Del Valle family adobe at Rancho Camulos, probably late 1880s or 1890s.
Original wooden cross from the Del Valle family's chapel garden at Rancho Camulos. The English translation of the inscription reads: “In memory of the year 1886 we adore you, oh Christ, we bless you. Because with your holy cross you redeemed the world.”
Bedroom in the main adobe at Rancho Camulos. Undated photo (probably about 1890 when several other photographs were shot at the ranch).
Unidentified woman and boy with the Camulos depot in the background, circa 1906. The depot was built by the Southern Pacific Railroad sometime around the turn of the 20th Century on the Del Valles' Rancho Camulos property, just east of the old ranch buildings and north of the highway.
Juventino del Valle and the black walnut tree. Juventino (1841-1919) was the eldest child of Ygnacio del Valle. He served as ranch manager from 1862-1886. The tree in the photograph is the signature black walnut tree of Rancho Camulos Museum that survived into the 21st Century.
South veranda of Rancho Camulos Main Adobe. 3.5x5.5-inch print, n.d. Probably 1920s, possibly 1910s.
One of several citrus labels found in a trunk on the second floor of the Del Valle Winery at Rancho Camulos during the summer of 2014. The citrus labels date from the Del Valle period at Camulos. U.F. Del Valle is Ulpiano, a son of Ygnacio and Ysabel (Varela) del Valle, who became ranch manager in 1886 when he was 21.
Sign from the Southern Pacific Railroad's Camulos depot.
August Rübel, owner of Rancho Camulos, in his American Field Service uniform during World War II. Undated 5x7-inch sepia print by Lane Studios Inc., 1480 Broadway, New York City.
Floor plan of the Del Valle adobe at Rancho Camulos, published in 1925 by J.P. Lippincott Co.
Fruit crate label, "Home of Ramona Brand" with view of south veranda at Rancho Camulos, 1930's.
Rübel family with buggy from del Valle era at Rancho Camulos. From left: Unknown; Mary Rübel (mom); Nathalie ("Boo") and Shirley ("Pete") in driver's seat; August Rübel (dad). April 23, 1938
August Rübel, owner of Rancho Camulos, at his writing desk in the main adobe.
View of black walnut tree at Rancho Camulos (125 ft spread). Historic Buildings Survey, 3/22/1934.