The Kenner Ranch was homesteaded by an Indian named Ambrosia in the 1800s. At that time the ranch was 600+ acres. Ambrosia apparently made only a small effort to domesticate the ranch. But in the the 1870s, a rancher named David Talley purchased the it from Ambrosia. He was quite successful in the region as a rancher.
As interesting as an indian named Ambrosia must have been, the story starts to get interesting with David Talley.
David Talley had a daughter named Mary Talley. He also had a very special visitor at the ranch during this time, John Muir. John Muir and Mary Talley spent many hours hiking the local woods documenting the flora and fauna.
John Muir later expressed his enjoyment of the Talley Ranch and Mary Talley by creating a woodland scene out of the ferns and other botanical specimens he collected while on the Ranch. He made this picture and a book documenting the ferns of Southern California and Arizona a gift to Mary Talley.