Rincon Del Diablo Chapter NSDAR

Escondido, California

Chapter History

Our chapter was formed in 1954 as the 134th chapter organized in California. Our first meeting was held at the First Methodist Church in Escondido with 25 members present. In 1997, we merged with the Rancho Bernardo Chapter. 

Over the years we have participated in many DAR projects including the DAR Good Citizens program, support of native American Indian tribes, scholarship programs, local history preservation, local libraries, aiding veterans and active duty military personnel.

Today we have about 170 members, aged 18 to 95, who are active in their local communities stretching from Temecula to Poway and Carlsbad to Julian. We take pride in supporting our active duty military, local JROTC units, local libraries and museums while also supporting many California and National DAR projects. We also take pride in our outstanding chapter programs and the significant genealogy help we provide to prospective members. As a result, our chapter continues to be attractive to many ladies living in our community. 

Our chapter’s name comes from the original Rancho Rincon del Diablo. This rancho was granted to Juan Bautista Alvarado by the Mexican Governor in 1843. It was mainly a cattle operation, made up of over 12,000 acres in a beautiful valley, which has now become the city of Escondido. The hides and tallow from the rancho were sold to the ship operators coming into San Diego Bay in the 1840s. This rancho was home to many excellent horses and cowboys. The name, Rincon del Diablo, loosely translates into “The Devil’s Corner” – now the name of our chapter newsletter. Why it was so named seems to have eluded historians, but the best guess is that since the area was not part of the California mission system, it must have been inhabited by the devil!