Come and explore a hidden treasure like no other in Los Angeles. Located in the heart of a former Mexican rancho, the Homestead Museum's houses, cemetery, gardens, and stories will surprise you from start to finish. Located in the bustling City of Industry, the museum inspires visitors to become advocates for history as they explore what life was like in this region from the days of the Mexican ranchos to the Roaring Twenties. The museum is owned and funded by the City of Industry and managed by Historical Resources, Inc.
The history of the site begins with William and Nicolasa Workman, who emigrated to the area from Taos, New Mexico, in 1841, while this land was still part of Mexico. The Workmans quickly established themselves as cattle ranchers, but after a series of floods and droughts, the family began growing wheat and grapes for wine production. They built a modest adobe house, which they remodeled twice. Its current appearance reflects the most dramatic changes that were completed by 1870. Unfortunately, a failed bank investment in 1876 led to the loss of most of the family's wealth and land by the turn of the century.
Aside from touring the houses, visitors can take self-guided tours of El Campo Santo, the family's private cemetery founded in the 1850s. The Walter P. Temple Memorial Mausoleum, completed circa 1920, contains many Workman and Temple family members along with Pío Pico, the last governor of Mexican California and a friend of the Workman family.
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