Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 29, 1962):
In 1886, Joaquin Miller (1837-1913), the first major poet of the far western frontier, moved to this property near Oakland and built a small, three-room house which he dubbed the "Abbey". Known as the "Poet of the Sierras", Miller's writings deal largely with the exploits of pioneers, outlaws, and Indians of the Wild West. On this property, Miller also built stone monuments to Robert Browning, John C. Fremont, and Moses, as well as a funeral pyre for himself. The pyre was never used.