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Hap Magee Ranch

Hap Magee Ranch  Originally owned by August Hemme in 1852, just after  California achieved statehood, this land was purchased in 1911  by the San Francisco Protestant Orphanage Asylum.  Camp Swain ...

Hap Magee Ranch 

Originally owned by August Hemme in 1852, just after 
California achieved statehood, this land was purchased in 1911 
by the San Francisco Protestant Orphanage Asylum. 
Camp Swain was built to give foster children a warm summer 
away from cold coastal fog. Campers slept in tents, swam in the 
creek, picked fruit and raised rabbits. It operated until the start 
of World War II in 1941. The only original camp building still 
standing is The Swain House. 

Harry and Juanita Magee purchased the land in 1946 and 
renamed it Edgewood Farm. Their son, Harry "Hap" Jr., was 
known as a "good ole cowboy" and kept his herd of 
3,000 Texas Longhorn cattle here; one of the largest in America. 
His favorite pet steer, "Andy" rode in the back seat space of 
Hap's convertible Lincoln Continental in Danville parades and 
ran down Wall Street in New York City for a 
Merrill Lynch commercial in 1978. 

After Hap's death in 1987 the Town of Danville and Contra 
Costa County turned the land into Hap Magee Ranch Park to 
honor our Cowboy Hall of Fame member, 

Danville Heritage Resource Commission 2019 
 

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