The Fontana Rock House
Yesterday while hiking through the hills between Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana I stopped to check out the "Rock House" aka The Thomas Hawker home aka the Bullocks cattle ranch complex. I've walked by this old structure many times but finally took the time to detour off the trail and have a closer look.
There isn't much left of the old house built from rocks as it apparently burned down 45 years ago. From Google Maps you can see one structure remains:
The old house is just west of Hunter's Ridge in Fontana and there is even a plaque that the City of Fontana put up explaining the history of the old ranch.
The plaque reads:
Historically, this property was a grazing land in the 1800's. First recorded use of the property was by Thomas Hawker, who filed a homestead claim between 1865 and 1874. In 1874 a Frenchman named Michal Sainsevain acquired the property. The Sainsevain house was burned by a brush fire in 1893. John Bullock, of the famous retail family in Los Angeles, acquired the property in 1910-1911. The Bullocks built a cattle ranch complex in 1918 which at one time also operated as a private hunting club. The caretakers/managers of the property were William Hutton (1920's & 1930's); and the McGoverns (1940's thru 1989). Most of the structures were made of cobblestone, which is natural to the area. During a fire in September 1970, mnay of the original buildings were lost except for the 1918 Rock House (Judge Hutton & McGovern residence) which was later destroyed by another fire. Remains of the original ranch complex are located approximatly 1,000 feet from this location. The property later incorporated into the City of Fonana in 1985 and the 570-acre Hunters Ridge master planned community was approved in 1998.
Today the house is barely more than a few walls and a foundation.