Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation:
William Workman and John Rowland organized the first wagon train of permanent eastern settlers, which arrived in Southern California on November 5, 1841. Together they owned and developed the 48,790-acre La Puente Rancho. Workman began this adobe home in 1842 and remodeled it in 1872 to resemble a manor house in his native England. He also established ‘El Campo Santo,’ this region’s earliest known private family cemetery, in 1850, the miniature Classic Grecian mausoleum was built in 1919 by grandson Walter P. Temple.
Location and Coordinates:
- 15415 East Don Julian Road, City of Industry.
- 34°01’12″N 117°57’51″W
There are three places to visit at this location: (1) the Workman residence (2) the Temple residence and (3) the Workman cemetery.
You can only visit the residences through a tour so you need to check the schedule to make sure the tours are being offered when you go visit this place. A tour is done for each of the residence.
You will should start the first tour in the Workman residence where you will learn the history and background of the then wealthy Workman family. The second tour would then take you to the Temple residence was built by a grandson of the Workman family after the Workman family lost the land.
There is no tour for the cemetery so after you complete the two tours, you can head towards the cemetery by walking towards a long walkway surrounded by trees. You will also walk by a small koi fish pond on the way to the cemetery.