San Juan Bautista in San Benito County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Castro - Breen Adobe
Erected 1932 by The Historic Names and Sites Committee of the California Historical Society, August 21, 1932. (Marker Number 179.)
Location. 36° 50.684′ N, 121° 32.141′ W. Marker is in San Juan Bautista, California, in San Benito County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Second Street and Washington Street. Click for map. Marker is mounted on the building. The building is located at the San Juan Bautista State Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: San Juan Bautista CA 95045, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Castro/Breen Adobe and Plaza Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Town Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); San Juan Bautista Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); El Camino Real Bell Veterans of the World War (within shouting distance of this marker); Progress Becomes History (within shouting distance of this marker); Settler's Cabin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mission San Juan Bautista (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Juan Bautista.
Also see . . .
1. San Juan Bautista History. After 1834 the town of San Juan, close beside the old mission, became known temporarily as San Juan de Castro. Jose Tiburcio Castro became the civil or secular administrator of the mission and, acting in accordance with the mission secularization decree issed that year, he divided up the mission property and auctioned it off to friends, neighbors and relatives. (Submitted on January 16, 2009.)
2. Patrick Breen Diary. The diary of Patrick Breen from November 20, 1865 to March 1, 1847. (Submitted on August 24, 2010.)
1. The Castro House
This building was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.179 on March 6, 1935.
In the 1840s the Castro House was built to house General Josť Castro's administrative office and his secretary. In 1848 Castro sold the house to Patrick Breen, survivor of the ill-fated Donner party of 1846, and the Breen family lived here for many years.
This property was also listed on the National Register of Historic Places on 4/15/70.
— Submitted January 16, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
2. Castro-Breen Adobe
As members of the ill-fated Donner Party, Patrick and Margaret Breen and their seven children had been stranded in the Sierra Nevada without supplies for 111 days during the snowstorms of 1846. It is said that they arrived penniless in San Juan and were given free shelter in the Mission. Early in 1848, when word came that gold had been discovered in the Sierra foothills, one of the Breen children, 16-year old John, set out for the goldfields and returned with about $10,000 in gold dust.
In December 1848 the Breens purchased the Castro adobe and later 400 acres of land in the San Juan Valley. Until 1933, when it became part of the State Historic Park, the old adobe was occupied by succeeding generations of the Breen family and their employees.
Source: San Juan Historical Park Brochure
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