September 30, 2005

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month With Leo Carrillo

Carlsbad-In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places will be featuring a special web page tribute to the City of Carlsbad’s Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park.

National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is from September 15 through October 15, 2005, month is a 30-year-old national event to celebrate the culture, talents and spirit of Hispanic Americans.

Leo Carrillo, a famous actor and former California State Parks Commissioner, began building Rancho De Los Kiotes (Leo Carrillo Ranch) in 1937. By 1940 Carrillo’s dream of owning a working, hacienda style ranch had been realized. Rancho De Los Kiotes represents Carrillo’s proud Hispanic heritage and serves as a legacy for future generations.

In 1976, Carrillo’s daughter, Antoinette, deeded a parcel of the ranch to the City of Carls-bad. The City has since preserved, stabilized and restored the land and its buildings to create a 27-acre public park.

To view the National Park Services web site, and its web page on Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, visit www.cr.nps.gov/nr/feature/hispanic/index.htm.

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