Reading Adobe Site

Also known as: Rancho Bueica Ventiua
Adobe Lane, 5 mi. E of the center of Cottonwood, Cottonwood, California



"READING ADOBE - This was the home of Pierson Barton Reading (1816-1868), a California pioneer of 1843. He was a major in Frémont's California Battalion which fought in the Mexican War. He was a signer of the Capitulation of Cahuenga and discovered gold in 1848. Major Reading is buried nearby." - California Historic Landmark No.10

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 14, 1971
Reference number
Areas of significance
Archeology - Aboriginal; Politics/Government
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; D - Information Potential
Property type
Historic functions
Courthouse; Diplomatic building
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1847; 1868
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • March 28, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information