CAMP TOTOCANO

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1927 - 1934
Swanton, North of Davenport
Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey Bay Council
 

CAMP DINNING HALL AND KITCHEN

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old dinning hall and kitchen
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graffiti wall
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side view
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map of ranch

GRAFFITI ON BACK WALL OF DINNING HALL
(In pencil on the corrigated tin)

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Gilroy
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Santa Cruz
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Harry Yagi
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Spreckels
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Watsonville
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Santa Cruz
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Monterey
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Watsonville
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Pacific Grove
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Santa Cruz
   

The only building still remaining from Camp Totocano was the camp dinning hall and kitchen.  Camp Totocano belonged to the Santa Clara, San Benito & Monterey Bay Council #55 during 1927-1928.  Then the camp belonged to the Santa Clara County Council #55 from 1929 to 1934 after Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties were cast off in 1929.  The Monterey Bay Area Council #25 was chartered with the National Council on April 20, 1933 and incorporated on December 13, 1938.
 
After 1934 the Santa Clara County Council #55 had another camp just up the road from Camp Totocano.  Camp Arroyo Sequoia operated from 1935 until it was damaged by a bad winter storm and flooding in 1940.  In 1941 it was replaced with Camp Hi Sierra.   
 
Both Camp Totocano and Camp Arroyo Sequoia were located in small parts of what is now the 3,280 acre Swanton Pacific Ranch.  In 1993 the ranch was willed to California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo by Al Smith, founder of Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH). 
 
The old dinning hall in Camp Totocano is now the machine shop for the Swanton Pacific Railroad on the ranch.
 
The Monterey Bay Area Council #25 opened makeshift Camp Wing in Big Sur State Park in 1934. 
 
 

 
 
AL SMITH DAY AT SWANTON PACIFIC RANCH
April 13, 2008

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SWANTON PACIFIC RAILROAD
 
The railroad is located on the Swanton Pacific Ranch in Santa Cruz County. The rolling stock consists of three one-third scale Pacific type steam locomotives built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Fancisco.

 
This website is for collecting and displaying history of Camp Pico Blanco, Camp Esselen, Camp Wing and Camp Totocano.