Pleyto (HM17RJ)

Location: Bradley, CA 93426 Monterey County
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N 35° 52.364', W 120° 59.445'

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Located along the south bank of the San Antonio River it was at the junction of Pleyto Road and the road to Bradley. The town of Pleyto now lies under the waters of Lake San Antonio.

As early as 1796, the area was known as Pleito or El Pleito. Pleito, a Spanish legal term meaning ?litigation' or ?dispute', may have been applied due to a dispute between the San Miguel and San Antonio Missions over property rights. Another theory is that the Indian Rancheria of Assil, located near the old Pleyto Bridge, was a meeting place where Indians disagreements or lawsuits were settled.

On July 18, 1845, the land was granted to Jose Antonio Chavez as Rancho San Bartolome. Twelve years later the Rancho, by then known as Pleyto, was purchased by W.S. Johnson. In 1868 William Pinkerton, Sr. bought 13,100 acres of the ranch. It was Pinkerton who laid out the town.

A post office was opened on December 14, 1870 under the name ?Pleito'. The coast stage line, which maintained stables here, listed the stop as ?Plato Ranch' per its 1871 time table. By 1884 the post office name was changed to ?Pleyto'. Despite the changeable name, the town boasted a store, hotel, blacksmith shop, dance hall and school. The post office closed for the last time on February 14, 1929, and the town receded into memory. By 1964, when the San Antonio Dam was completed, few vestiges of the pioneer settlement remained.
HM NumberHM17RJ
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed1998
Placed ByE Clampus Vitus, Monterey Viejo Chapter No. 1846
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 7:19pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 681391 N 3971697
Decimal Degrees35.87273333, -120.99075000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 52.364', W 120° 59.445'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 52' 21.84" N, 120° 59' 26.70" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)805
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 840 New Pleyto Rd, Bradley CA 93426, US
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