Category Archives: William Johnson

Johnson of Johnson’s Ranch

When Pablo Gutierrez died in 1845, John Sutter put his land grant up for sale. The ranch was bought by William Johnson. What do we know about Johnson? Not a lot — we don’t even have a picture of him. … Continue reading

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The Founder of Johnson’s Ranch

—was not named Johnson. On December 22, 1844, Pablo Gutierrez, one of John Sutter’s employees, was granted five square Mexican leagues (22,197 acres) along the Bear River by the governor of Alta California. He built an adobe house, acquired some … Continue reading

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