Cojo Creek (Cañada del cojo) is the boundary between the Rancho Punta de la Concepción and the Rancho Nuestra Señora del Refugio. The anchorage at the mouth of this creek was a prime smuggling spot in the Spanish era.

Cojo means lame, in the sense of having a bum leg or being an amputee.

For who or what was the creek named?

Map of old and new fences along Cojo Creek between Rancho Punta de la Concepcion and Rancho Nuestra Señora del Refugio : Calif.

1 Answer 1


Cojo Creek was named for the lame chief of the Chumash Indian tribe, the first people that the Spanish met near what is now the Rancho Punta de la Concepción in August 1769.

  • 1
    A nine minute turnaround is pretty impressive. Well done. Oct 5, 2017 at 4:25

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.