Chimineas Ranch Foundation
7870 Fairchild Ave Winnetka, California 91306
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chimineas has a long and sometimes violent history. along the way people have lost their lives and futures. this page seeks to memorialize their loss and their contributions to this wonderful place.
"light on the land"...an original work by Rosanne Seitz
From time to time the Foundation receives Memorial gifts in honor of someone who has passed on and whose connection with ranch inspired others.
On December 23, 1940, a massive rain storm washed out many of the ranch roads. Two ranch employees, husband and wife, were returning late one night from a Christmas outing in McKittrick when their vehicle became mired in mud on the north road. A combination of alcohol and exposure resulted in their death from hypothermia. Their bodies were recovered the next day with the use of a D8 dozer as the conditions were so bad.
In the summer of 1879 a young vaquero was herding horses across the north end of the Chimineas. Unknown to the young man, his step-father had falsely accused him of stealing the horses and so informed the local vigilante group known as the "Coon Dogs". The vigilantes intercepted the innocent young man and based upon the false accusation they hung him from an oak tree in the area now known on the ranch as "Deadman Flat". No one was ever prosecuted for this crime.