Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Mangini Ranch , Hidden Historical Treasure

This Beautiful portion of the Mt.Diablo foothills is hidden back behind the pine hollow area on the quarry road there...The old quarry road holds a lot of local history as well as important natural resources  like the headwaters of Galindo Creek which flows through the Concord Markham Nature park and on down Cowell road..The property survived  Spaniards, Mexicans, American homesteaders, miners, railroads and suburbs.. Many developers showed interest in the Mangini Ranch, but in 1990 the citizens of Contra Costa County voted to create an Urban Limit Line.. The Mangini Ranch wound up outside of the line. Still, over the next thirteen years, one developer or realtor after another floated plans for Mangini. Instead, the Mangini family began negotiations with Save Mount Diablo and now their property has been preserved for all time (the property, however, is open only by guided tour until it passes to a public agency)...The Mangini's 208 acres swirl with importance... It winds sinuously through history, biology and geography much like Galindo Creek, the green-lined, blue thread whose headwaters spring up there. The Mangini Ranch represents most of the gap between Lime Ridge Open Space and Mt. Diablo State Park...A very important section of our local wild life corridors ... This Ranch is a picture perfect representation of the lush beautiful countryside and big family style farm houses from the  rich history of the pioneers in this valley...

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