Last updated: 3/11/2012
Anaheim, California
Street Address
6398 E. Santa Canyon Rd.
Anaheim, CA 92807
Mailing Address
6398 E. Santa Canyon Rd.
Anaheim, CA 92807
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Description

It is believed that Ramon Peralta built the adobe in 1871. After he died in 1873, the adobe was vacant at times and may have been damaged by vandals and a fire.

In 1881, Pablo Dominguez and his young bride, Felipa Yorba, moved into the adobe after considerable repair and remodeling to the structure. There is some evidence that so much work was required that many thought that Pablo had built the adobe. Five children were born to Pablo and Felipa in the years 1882-1889.

The Dominguez family sold the adobe to E. Walter Pyne in 1908. Mr. Pyne later set about to preserve the adobe. To prevent the walls from weathering and deteriorating, he covered the exterior surface with 2 and a half inches of concrete. This measure is one reason that the adobe is still in existence while the other adobes in the area are not.

About 1920, with the realignment of the Santa Ana Canyon Road, the Canyon Cafe and gas station were built adjacent to the adobe. The adobe served as housing for the family operating the cafe, and was later connected to the cafe structure. The adobe would later become a storage room for the Canyon Cafe as traffic increased on Santa Ana Canyon Road until the 1950s.

History

In 1977, the adobe became the property of the Environment Management Agency. After many restoration proposals, the structure and the surrounding property were leased to C. Robert Langslet with the understanding that he restore and operate the adobe as an historical site open to the public.The Peralta Adobe is located on land that once was part of the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. While the Peralta Adobe was not the oldest adobe built in the canyon, it is the only one still standing today in the Santa Ana Canyon.

The Ramon Peralta Adobe officially opened for public use on September 27, 1986. The building was re-opened on April 28, 2006 as an official museum featuring the history of the Santa Ana Canyon from 1769 to present. Historical exhibits which include artifacts excavated on site and a timeline mural are available for viewing. A furnished period room and numerous photographs tracing the history of the first settlers to the canyon are on exhibit.

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