Llagas-Uvas, California - History


In Spanish, the word "uva" means "grape" and "llaga" means "wound".

The region was well known to Indian and European settlers for its abundance of wild grapes. The Uvas Creek was named after the land grant Cañada de las Uvas ("grape ravine"). This creek feeds into the Uvas Reservoir.

During the 19th century, Mexican land grants for Rancho Las Uvas, Rancho Ojo del Agua de la Coche, Rancho Solis and Rancho San Francisco de las Llagas were allocated in the area. Rancho San Francisco de las Llagas in the northern part was named after Las Llagas de Nuestro Padre San Francisco ("the wounds of Our Father Saint Francis"). The main creek that runs through the ranch was named Llagas Creek.

In 1955, the Chesbro reservoir was formed by damming the Llagas creek, to ensure adequate water supply for the surrounding farms and growing population of nearby Morgan Hill.

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