Arthur Burbeck McLaughlin and Lizzie Van Vorst McLaughlin, established McLaughlin Ranch, now Daffodil Hill, in 1887. Mary McLaughlin Lucot, was born in 1881. Jesse McLaughlin, was born at the Daffodil Hill site in 1893.
The ranch was purchased from an old Dutchman, Pete Denzer, who had planted around the homesite daffodils from his native land. These yellow blooms were Lizzie's most prized possession, and she divided and replanted the bulbs each year to increase the size of their garden.
At the time the ranch was purchased it was used as a way-station for teamsters and travelers using the road from Kit Carson Pass over what is now known as California State Highway Route 88. The McLaughlins continued the way station, renting rooms and serving meals (breakfast for 25 cents) to the travelers and providing feed and shelter for their animals. For many years the loft of the barn was used for "Saturday Night" dances at the ranch.