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History About the Name Don Pedro


The man for whom the town and the dam is named was actually a French pioneer named Pierre Sainsevain, who arrived in California in 1836 on the ship Ayacucho. Any owner of a rancho in early California was given the title of Don, and Pierre translates to Pedro in Spanish. He had many ventures including being one of the first prospectors after the discovery of gold in 1848, owned a variety of stores and mills with partners, later gained fame as a vintner at the Aliso vineyards in Los Angeles, as well as helping to create Don Pedro Bar as one of the most famous gold mining towns with a very rich strike.