Accession Number:

ADA224422

Title:

The Billingsley Dairy: A Family Enterprise in the Prado Basin. CA-RIV- 3508-H

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

GREENWOOD AND ASSOCIATES PACIFIC PALISADES CA

Report Date:

1990-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

144.0

Abstract:

Selection of CA-RIV-3508-H for archaeological testing was based on several considerations. The site was thought to be representative of single family dairy operations in the Prado Basin during the final years of prominence which the dairy industry enjoyed throughout the Prado Basin. Structures and features not previously noted were exposed and closely examined. The entire complex was cleared and carefully examined to provide architectural details and provide answers to such questions as whether the dairy met the requirements for certification which were promulgated during the mid- and late 1930s. The physical plant at CA-RIV-3508-H was found to be substantially in compliance with the 1939 California regulations for dairy certification. Two relatively dense deposits of cultural remains were explored and found to be of limited value. No support was discovered for early occupation of the site before the known occupation of 1911. The site was found to be representative of late single- family, dry-farm, feed-lot dairy operations in the Prado Basin. A single remaining structure was found to be representative of important developments of the dairy industry, and recommendation is made for preserving and reconstructing the milk house in a historical park. A recommendation is made that the site is a valid contributing element within an eligible district representing the stockraising industry. EDC

Subject Categories:

  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine
  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE