Plat of LIVE OAK SUBDIVISION in the Rancho Roblar de la Miseria, Sonoma county, California.
We’re groping our way through what looks like just the very beginning of the Great Salamander Issue. The first step is to do a survey, to see if we really have salamander habitat. That then goes to the county and then…. who knows. If we’re lucky, it’s a tempest in a teakettle. If not? Well, then we get into things like environmental impact reports, mitigation, and all kinds of hairy and expensive tangles. Some folks think all this will cost us about 8 grand, other estimates have ranged as high as $300,000 for mitigation alone. If it comes to that, we’ll probably have to sell it all, and someone who can afford all this mumbo jumbo will come plop McMansions all over it, which would seem to defeat the original intent of the restrictions. For now, we do the survey and hope for the best.
Which brings me back to the ranch of the “oak of the misery” - our little subdivision. In the process of pulling out relevant documents, I was sent this scan of the original 1927 plat map of the area. Someone paid a lot of money for it - $5. It’s drawn & lettered in a lovely hand (engineering lettering of that era really makes ours look impoverished). Look at the high res image; the thumbnail doesn’t do it justice. There’s an image out there of the original 1857 Rancho, but I can’t really correlate what little I can discern with the land that I know. I imagine our 13 acres are a mere speck on this map.
It also shows a railroad along Pepper road - the Petaluma and Santa Rosa railroad. I never knew there was any such thing, but there it is. Apparently it linked San Francisco, Petaluma, Denman, Liberty, Roblar, Two Rock, Hessel, Cummingham, Sebastopol, Graton, Forestville and Santa Rosa - all around the turn of the century.