“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Elk Grove in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Murphy’s Corral

Murphy’s Corral Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 8, 2006
1. Murphy’s Corral Marker
Inscription. This is the site of the beginning of the conquest of California by the United States on June 10, 1846. American settlers led by Ezekial Merritt overpowered soldiers under Lt. Francisco Arce and took their Mexican Army horses from the corral of the Murphy Ranch on the north bank of the Cosumnes River. The “Bear Flag” action in Sonoma followed on June 14, 1846.
Erected 1959. (Marker Number 680.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmarks marker series.
Location. 38° 22.477′ N, 121° 21.711′ W. Marker is in Elk Grove, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is at the intersection of the Highway 99 Frontage Road (Highway 99 Frontage Road) and Grant Line Road, on the right when traveling south on the Highway 99 Frontage Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elk Grove CA 95624, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rhoads School (approx. 1.6 miles away); Old Elk Grove (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Lincoln Highway (approx. 1.8 miles away); Site of the First County Free Library Branch in California
Murphy’s Corral Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 29, 2005
2. Murphy’s Corral Marker
(approx. 2.4 miles away); Hasman Building/General Store (approx. 2.4 miles away); Independent Order of Odd Fellows (approx. 2.4 miles away); Elitha Cumi Donner - Wilder (approx. 2.7 miles away); Riot on the Cosumnes (approx. 5.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Elk Grove.
Additional comments.
1. 1844 - Mrs. Murphy’s kindergarten
Mrs. Murphy’s school was somewhat of a home school. It was open for neighboring children as well as the Murphy children. Although it was not a formal school and it was not a public school, it was Elk Grove’s first place of education. The Murphys lived north of the Cosumnes River and west of what is now Highway 99. At the time that road was known as the Monterey Trail, and it led from New Helvetia (Sutter’s Fort) to the Mexican capital of Monterey. The Murphy Ranch played a prominent role in the history of the early days of California. The Incident at Murphy’s Corral was a defining moment in California history and one of the first steps in California breaking away from Mexico and becoming a state.
March 21, 2008, By Elizabeth Pinkerton
    — Submitted September 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,109 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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