In 1850 German immigrant Henry Miller arrived in San Francisco with six dollars in his pocket. Forty years later he was the largest private landowner in the United States. Owning over one million acres in five states made Henry Miller one of the most powerful men in California.
This delightful inn is located on the site of the headquarters of that famous California pioneer and cattle baron. On this beautiful site Miller frequently met his division superintendents, ranch foremen and cattle bosses and gave them detailed instructions on how his vast empire was to be operated.
Here at Canal Farm Inn, Henry Miller laid farsighted plans for the development of better breeds of livestock, better feeding conditions and farming methods, and directed their execution in the minutest detail. The effectiveness of this planning was demonstrated in the terrible drought years of 1855-56, 1863-64, and 1889-99. For when the old Spanish ranchos lost their Mexican-bred cattle to starvation by the hundreds of thousands, Henry Miller's sturdier breeds of Durham, Hereford and Devon came through those trying periods with relatively minor losses.
Here, projects for development of colonies and towns, establishment of banks, stores and lumber yards to serve each community were conceived and carried to completion.