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Livermore in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Joaquin Murrieta and Murrieta's Well

 
 
Joaquin Murrieta and Murrieta's Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 5, 2009
1. Joaquin Murrieta and Murrieta's Well Marker
Inscription. The legend of Joaquin Murrieta is one of the most enduring and fascinating of chapters in California history. Facts, fiction and romantic tales entangle to create a legend of unique aura that had become part of California's folklore, especially in the Livermore Valley where Joaquin was a frequent visitor.

In the early 1850's Joaquin Murrieta roamed this land. Most famous as an avenging outlaw or a Robin Hood, Joaquin Murrieta and his men were above everything else horsemen, and of the best of breeds.

Wild horses, abundant in those days around the Sacramento Delta, were rounded up by Joaquin and his men and driven to Sonora, Mexico, where they were sold at high prices.

One of Joaquin's favorite camps was at this spot because he claimed the water here was the best in the country where he rode.

This fountain is over the artesian well that Joaquin Murrieta favored to water his herds of wild mustangs.

Dedicated April 16, 1995
Joaquin Murrieta Chapter 13
E Clampus Vitus
 
Erected 1995 by Joaquin Murrieta Chapter 13 of E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 39.56′ N, 121° 44.065′ 
Joaquin Murrieta's Well and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 5, 2009
2. Joaquin Murrieta's Well and Marker
W. Marker is in Livermore, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Mines Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3005 Mines Road, Livermore CA 94550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Concannon Vineyards (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wente Bros. Winery (approx. 0.6 miles away); William M. Mendenhall 1823 – 1911 / DeAnza Expedition Campsite (approx. 1.7 miles away); Veteran's Memorial Building (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mills Square Flag Pole (approx. 2.3 miles away); First Presbyterian Church Memorial Chapel (approx. 2.3 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 2.3 miles away); D. F. Bernal Building (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Livermore.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located on the grounds of Murrieta's Well Winery on Mines Road in Livermore. To find the marker, simply turn at the winery sign and follow the driveway to the parking lot. The marker is located in the parking lot, in front of the fountain.
 
Also see . . .
1. Joaquin Murrieta History. Murrieta's Well Winery's history of Joaquin Murrieta. The winery's website also provides a history of the winery, as well as information on the winery itself and their wines. (Submitted on April 14, 2009.) 

2. Tales of Contra Costa County
Murrieta's Well - Detail image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 5, 2009
3. Murrieta's Well - Detail
Directly above the well's spigot are handpainted tiles of Joaquin and his men driving a herd of wild mustangs.

Although driving mustangs to Sonora may have been one way for Murrieta to earn a living, he is better known for having terrorized California until his death in 1853, having committed a large number of robberies and cold-blooded murders. But myths have both their attractions and uses, and so after his death Murrieta was transformed from a bloodthirsty bandit into a Robin Hood.
. The Contra Costa County Historical Society's collection of interesting historical stories. Of particular interest in this context is William Mero's essay, Joaquin Murrieta: Literary Fiction or Historical Fact?. Mero examines the evidence and comes to the conclusion that Murrieta was a cold-blooded killer, and that the myth that grew up around Murrieta after his death was based on wishful thinking and tall tales rather than facts. (Submitted on April 14, 2009.) 
 
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Murrieta's Well Winery Vineyards image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 5, 2009
4. Murrieta's Well Winery Vineyards
Surrounding the winery are, naturally, vineyards. The Livermore Valley is one of, if not the, oldest winegrowing regions in California to commercially produce wine. The vineyards surrounding the winery were originally planted by Louis Mel in 1884, when he planted imported cuttings of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Red Bordeaux grapes.
Murrieta's Well Winery Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 5, 2009
5. Murrieta's Well Winery Visitor Center
The building was originally built in the 1880's. It was restored and became the winery's visitor center in 1991.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 5,476 times since then and 305 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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