The Kellogg Legacy

Kellogg and crowd

On May 17, 1932, W. K. Kellogg transferred his ranch and the Arabian horses to the State of California for the use of the University of California. Nearly 18,000 attended the ceremony. The master of ceremonies was famed cowboy actor Will Rogers.

The University of California did not effectively take care of the property, and it was soon transferred to the military to be used as a calvary remount station during World War II. However, this was an out-of-date military branch and the ranch was further neglected.

In 1949, California State Polytechnic College, San Luis Obispo took over the ranch for their Southern California campus, establishinga tradition of higher education while maintaining the Arabian horse tradition.