Welcome to Episode Four of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast.
Between 1843 and 1846, the Mexican government encouraged settlement by awarding hundreds of land grants in California. One of these five ranchos, Tejon, helped formed the nucleus of what is now today as Tejon Ranch. The average grant size was roughly 49,000 acres, and even though the land was free, it still proved difficult for settlers. Enter, Kit Carson. Listen to find out what happened next. (Here’s a hint: gold!)