Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum

Madrona Marsh

3201 Plaza Del Amo
Torrance, CA, 90503


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When the Palos Verdes Peninsula was geologically uplifted, it blocked off the Los Angeles River. The natural drainage to the sea was halted and created a large inland drainage area as the river proceeded to shift to the east to its existing course. Historians say that during the early 1800s when the Gabrielino Indians inhabited the South Bay area, Torrance was part of the extensive marshlands north of the San Pedro and Long Beach area. This whole area was once part of the Rancho San Pedro, the land grant give to Juan Jose Dominguez in 1784.
The local Indians knew the marshlands as “cienegas”. The largest of the nearby villages was called sunga, “place of the rushes,” and was located on a plain near a cienegas. Older Californians today reminisce about their youth and being able to canoe from Wilmington to the sand dune area in Redondo, through the remaining systems of wetlands. These marshlands provided the early California inhabitants with a rich food source of game birds, fish, fresh water clams and shrimp.
The Madrona Marsh, although geologically relatively young, is reminiscent of the natural state of much of the South Bay area. The Marsh preserve is a remnant of once extensive natural systems that existed along the coastal plain and coastal terraces of Southern California. The preserve is situated on land that has been in oil production since 1924. This is why it was never developed as commercial or residential uses.




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    Guided Tours of the Adobe Museum are Offered (Adobe is only open for guided tours):
    • First Thursday and Friday of Each Month
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    • Tours are at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm
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