By Deb Flomberg
Leo Carrillo was a pioneer of old Hollywood, having appeared in more than 90 different films. However, he was probably best known as Pancho from the television show Cisco Kid that ran from 1950 to 1956 and for 156 episodes. As Carrillo found fame and success within his career, he began work on his ranch, designed to re-create an Old California-style working ranch. In 1937, work began on the Leo Carrillo Ranch.
Throughout the years, the original 840 acres of Leo Carrillo Ranch saw the construction if 18 structures that helped keep the ranch in operation, and eventually spread to 2,538 acres of beautiful California land. Today, 27 of those acres are available for public viewing, after a $5.5 million restoration project was completed. You can tour the ranch, and learn a lot about Leo Carrillo, as well as the grand tradition of the classic California ranch.
There are a couple of different ways to tour the ranch. You can enjoy a free self-guided tour, which will give you an approximately two-hour long stroll through all the beautiful land and the many points of interest with the ranch. However, to get the best insider view of Leo Carrillo Ranch, arrive during one of the specifically scheduled tour hours, where you can get access to the interiors of the structures and the artifacts contained within – not to mention excellent information and anecdotes from the docents that will be on duty.
The Leo Carrillo Ranch is an official California Historical Landmark, and one that is definitely worth an afternoon visit. This ranch is located about an hour and 40 minutes south of Los Angeles, along some truly stunning coastal highways. So make sure to enjoy the drive to this important historical destination and travel here in your 2013 SLK350 Roadster from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. It is the perfect car to put the top down and enjoy the wind in your hair as your ride in pure luxury to this fascinating destination.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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