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Property Name Bald Eagle Ranch House
Reference Number 13001069
State California
County Stanislaus
Town Modesto
Street Address 511 Crawford Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 1/15/2014
Areas of Significance Agriculture, Architecture
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The Bald Eagle Ranch House is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A at the local level of significance for its association with one of the largest and most successful farming operations in California, and it is eligible under Criterion C at the local level of significance because it is an example of late Victorian architecture built from catalog mail order plans. The Bald Eagle Ranch, once over 4,000 acres, illustrates the importance of irrigation in the Central Valley, and how it led to late 19th century agricultural improvements and productivity, moving from growing wheat to growing a great variety of crops. The ranch was much like a small town, with agricultural outbuildings, workers' quarters, and such amenities as a post office and extensive telephone service. The house, once the center of the thriving ranch operation, and still on its original site, is all that survives of the Bald Eagle Ranch. Additionally, the house is an excellent example of the Queen Anne style of architecture built according to catalogue plans designed by architect George F. Barber.


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