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Gilroy in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Gilroy

 
 
Gilroy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2009
1. Gilroy Marker
Inscription. John Gilroy arrived in Monterey in 1814 on one of the North-West Co. trading ships; "ISAAC TODD," which he deserted. He then fled to the Santa Clara Valley, marrying Maria Clara Ortega and settling on Rancho San Ysidro. His rightful name was John Cameron, but having run away as a minor, he changed it to avoid being arrested and sent back home.
The City of Gilroy was named for this Scot who lived in idle contentment, squandered his wealth and died destitute on July 26, 1869. age 77 years.
Plaque placed with permission of the Gilroy Family.

Dedicated June 13, 1981
Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850
E Clampus Vitus.
"Right Wrongs Nobody"

 
Erected 1981 by Mountain Charlie Chapter 1850 E Clampus Vitus,.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 0.282′ N, 121° 33.988′ W. Marker is in Gilroy, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Miller Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located at the Christmas Hill Park. From the park's entrance, follow the road to the left, through the parking lots, toward the south end of the Park and the Amphitheater area. Marker is at
Gilroy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2009
2. Gilroy Marker
or near this postal address: 7050 Miller Avenue, Gilroy CA 95020, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Butterfield Overland Stage (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Alcalde” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gilroy Carnegie Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rancho San Ysidro / San Ysidro School (approx. 2.4 miles away); Franklin Family Ranch (approx. 3.4 miles away); Rucker School Historical Site 1894 (approx. 3.6 miles away); Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park (approx. 5.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gilroy.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Article – Gilroy, California. (Submitted on May 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. The History of Gilroy. (Submitted on May 1, 2009, 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 797 times since then and 76 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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