Guide to the Oliver Ranch Ledger Book Minutes Collection (1912 – 1930) – History

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The Oliver Ranch was located in Soquel on Old San Jose Road. The Oliver family has been in the Santa Cruz area for over one hundred years. William Oliver came to Soquel in 1858, and bought 300 acres of land. He sold half of the land and planted the other half with grain. Eventually William Oliver added an orchard, including many cherry trees. These cherry trees eventually covered the property. Three different homes have stood on the ranch from the time William Oliver bought the land through 1965. The Oliver family and their relatives continued to own the land through the early 1990s.