PHS to commemorate 200th anniversary of El Pinole Grant

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Pinole Historical Society to commemorate 200th anniversary of El Pinole Grant
All photos courtesy of the Pinole Historical Society.

The Pinole Historical Society (PHS) will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the El Pinole Grant at the organization’s annual meeting on Friday, May 12.

PHS co-founder and historian George Vincent will present “Candles of History: Celebrating Two Hundred Years of the Heydays and Remnants of the Rancho El Pinole,” at the PHS Annual Meeting and program from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Pinole Sportsmen’s Club, 201 Piñon Ave. The event is free and open to PHS members, guests and the public. Refreshments will be served.

According to PHS, “Pinole’s modern history began 200 years ago in 1823 when a retiring Mexican soldier, Ygnacio Martínez, was awarded the nearly 18,000-acre El Pinole Grant.” “That Martínez chose to establish his Rancho on land that now encompasses Pinole Valley Park has had ramifications that affect us to this day,” the organization stated. “Remnants from those days and descendants of our community’s early family — and families — are still with us. PHS members, guests, and the public are invited to this FREE event.