Ramona’s Home, Camulos Ranch

Ramona's Home, Camulos Ranch showing century plant in bloom

Ramona was an 1884 novel by Helen Hunt Jackson which described the travails endured by our young half-Scottish half-Native American heroine, mostly due to racial discrimination. It was immensely popular, and many places in San Diego jumped on the popularity bandwagon, claiming to be the places portrayed in the novel. The Camulos Ranch, pictured above, had a valid claim; the author is known to have visited there during her research, and describes particular furnishings and other items at Camulos in great detail, despite having stayed there only a few hours.

This card is one among a group of six cards purchased at Ramona’s Marriage Place, another attraction, that I found in a shop as part of a lot of several California cards. Each of them has a “From Ramona’s Marriage Place” rubber stamp on the back, and were probably purchased at the same time by the same tourist.

None of the cards appears to be any newer than around 1915 at the very latest. This particular card is a very early Curt Teich “C. T. Photochrom” postcard, number A-33852, published in 1913.

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  1. Carol Fleming says:

    Thanks very much for posting the story of The House of Ramona!

    I drove by this house many times in the 1980s while on my way from Ventura to Palmdale, but never stopped since I was always in a hurry to see my sister.

    I found one of this set of postcards several years ago in Tampa, Florida, while visiting my mom. Of course, now I live in Washington and haven’t been back to Ventura for quite some time. A few weeks ago at a book sale here, I found the book “Ramona” and quickly read it to quench my thirst for knowledge of what the house and the story was all about. What a SAD tale though! I never knew how bad the Indians (and Mexicans) in California had been treated!

    So…thanks to the card I found, your explanation of Ramona’s home, and the book, I’ve learned another bit about California history.

    Thank you for your website!

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