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About George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area
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History of George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area
George J. Hatfield, former California Lieutenant Governor and State Senator, donated this land to the State to establish the recreation area. which was dedicated September 20, 1953. A bronze plaque honoring Louisa Jane Cox, grandmother of Mrs. Hatfield, is placed in a group of oak trees. As a girl in 1849, Louisa traveled with her family over the Santa Fe Trail to California.
Before the arrival of European settlers, this soil supported a luxurious growth of trees, shrubs, vines and wildflowers that provided abundant food and a place of refuge for the Native Americans and the wildlife that inhabited the valley. Today rich farmlands surrounding the parks nourish field, row, and nut crops.